Is Leon Bailey Southgate’s secret weapon?
Leon Bailey, the wonderkid from Bayer Leverkusen could be the latest addition to Gareth Southgate’s charges! The Three Lions ensemble might be much stronger in Russia, if the young winger decides to join their ranks. Bailey has been in remarkable form this season in Bundesliga, covering the entire left flank, scoring 9 times and adding 5 assists to his tally so far. For example, Raheem Sterling, who is enjoying the most productive season in his career, netted 15 goals with 6 assists to his name, and he has much more minutes on the pitch than the Kingston-born forward.
Up until now, the Bayer Leverkusen winger has represented the country of his birth, Jamaica, but only at Under-23 level and, given the fact that he desires to play for a bigger nation, there are several options in front of him. Apart from Jamaica, Leon Bailey can also play for Malta, which is highly unlikely, or Belgium, but the most probable outcome is that the former Genk forward will pick the Three Lions, due to his eligibility through his British passport-holding grandparents. According to his agent, everything is still open.
What would this mean for England? Leon Bailey is only 20 years old and he has plenty of playing years in front of him. The truth is that Southgate doesn’t have lots of options when it comes to wingers, since Sterling is the only natural winger in the squad, so the Jamaican could really represent a powerful secret weapon. His ability to play as a wide forward or even a wing-back could mean the world to Gareth Southgate, who is tactically very flexible.
The Bayer Leverkusen forward is currently the fourth highest-rated player in the Bundesliga, despite the fact that he made five of his twenty league appearances from the bench. His outstanding performances have drawn the attention of the Premier League giants, Manchester United and Chelsea, and this should be a perfect sign for England to do all in their power and convince Bailey to pledge his allegiance to the Three Lions, especially with the Belgians sniffing around.
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