The jamaican Leon Bailey is one of the most recognized stars of CONCACAF because he plays in the Bundesliga, precisely beginning his professional career with the KRC Genk of Belgium, but with just two seasons it was enough to fill the eye of the Bayer Leverkusen, where he has become a star with five campaigns.
Born in Jamaica and quickly showing his taste for soccer, the striker and his stepfather Craig butler They realized that if he really wanted to develop as a professional, he had to go to the Old Continent. So his first destination was the Liefering from Austria, finding a totally different climate because it was frozen, which he could not make it run easily, then testing in the Trencin of Slovakia until signing his first contract in the Jupiler Pro League.
In an interview with the Bundesliga, the Caribbean revealed that he first started his career as a defender on the left. However, they realized that he was too small to fight the forwards, therefore they took advantage of his speed to become a battering ram.
It should be noted that in Belgium he was chosen as Revelation of the Year, at which point he made the leap to football in Germany, as he was quite excited to show himself.
The Kingston-born saw continuous action with the Bayer Leverkusen, remaining in the sixth place of the Bundesliga, thus reaching positions to play the next Europa League.
There were a total of 30 commitments played with the Aspirinas in the local league, reaping nine annotations and providing the same number of assists, in 2,143 minutes played, being the team’s top scorer in all competitions.
Nor could he get very far in the Europa League, barely surpassing the Group Stage falling in the knockout stages. In the first phase, the Jamaican achieved a double against the Hapoel Beer Sheva in the first game, later on, he again pierced the nets in Germany; another victim of his was Slavia Prague by transforming his doublet into the BayArena; Likewise, he achieved two assists in the first match against the Nice. The adventure of the German club came to an end against the Young boys, since they lost the two commitments of eighth.
Similarly, they could not award the German Cup, although Bailey was present in the eighth against the modest Rot-Weiss Essen of the fourth division, which defeated 2-1.
Already at the end of May, the winger broke a toe, but by now he is fully recovered and ready to face the Gold Cup.
Although he is frequently referred to as a center forward, his main role is as a winger on both wings and he has also been tested as an attacking midfielder and left back, but he himself accepts that he prefers to appear on the left wing.
Thanks to the indecipherable skill of his left leg, the Kingston-born has shone in the Bayer Leverkusen because he is placed as the extreme left, although in the end, whatever band he is placed on, he adequately fulfills his duty.
Such is its quality, that only at the end of last year it became known that teams from the Premier League they were watching him: Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton Y Manchester United.
With your selection, Lion debuted in 2019 prior to gold Cup. Already once in the tournament, he served as a left winger providing an assist, just in the semifinal, in which they lost 1-3 against the USA.
His characteristic play is mainly based on his great left foot, playing freer every day, thus he has more possibilities to outline the area and from there, release missiles worthy of any high-level player.
Thanks to his excellent shot from outside the area, change of pace, dribbling and speed, the fans of the Bundesliga they have listed him as the successor of the Dutch Arjen Robben on the right wing.
On the other hand, thanks to the importance that he is currently gaining, in his country they place him as a media successor of the sprinter Usain bolt.
“Leon had it very difficult, last year and at the beginning of this season. But I see that he improves with each game, physically, but also in terms of football. When you see how much he runs, but also how much he runs and his quality of football game, that always increases. Better every game “, shared Peter bosz, former technician of the Bayer Leverkusen.
“I have to congratulate Leon. He has kept his focus in difficult circumstances. That is great for a boy of just 19 years old. Leon can still take a lot of steps with us and so I think it is best for him to stay in Genk for at least a more year “, expressed Peter Maes, his then strategist in the Genk.
“The best man on the field was Leon Bailey. The Jamaican was the cornerstone of the game and prepared the first two goals.”, published the German media Redakteur after an Aspirin duel.
“The Caribbean”, “The Jamaican Rocket”, “The Hacelotodo”, “The Usain Bolt of the Bundesliga”, have been the covers of various media in Germany.
“He is a weapon and has brutal qualities in the forward game, but he also works well behind the field. León is a very attentive and curious player, and he tries to put into practice everything he is told in training.”, mentioned Heiko herrlich, your technician in 2017 with the Bayer.
“It is noteworthy that a type of player like him is not selfish and always works for the team and has his sights set on the players around him.”, praised the sports director of the Bayer, Rudi Völler.
“He took my hat off to the kid. I hope he keeps up this incredible pace.”, He said Bernd leno.
The network breaker is rated with 81, but can still reach a potential of 85, knowing that he still has a promising future playing at a high level in the Bundesliga and with a gold Cup ahead to prove your worth.
His best skills are ball control (81), dribbling (86), reactions (80), attack position (80), acceleration (93), balance (84), sprint speed (94) and agility (87).
In order to Football Manager, the selected one of the Reggae boyz has a rating of 77, although you can still increase your potential up to 85 with proper training.
At 22 years old, his best role is when he acts as a winger, also in the FM has similar conditions to the American Christian pulisic and italian Federico Chiesa.
The footwear that has carried the element of Aspirins during the 2020-2021 season are the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14, shoes also worn by other fast footballers such as the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the French Kylian Mbappé.
Yes Jamaica has a chance to shine in the competition, it will be if they are led correctly by the footballer of Bayer Leverkusen, who is going through his best footballing moment.
The Rude boyz have a high chance of reaching the next phase of their group by having a Costa Rica something weakened and a discreet SurinamTherefore, the damage he can do on the left or right side is essential, as he can easily overwhelm his speed and also has his powerful shot to deal damage to any of his rivals.
Not only that, he will surely be very motivated to play a prominent role remembering that he has been followed for some time in other countries such as England. This can serve as a showcase to make the leap to a more renowned club, apart from why not, help your team to reach another final of gold Cup.
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