Leon Bailey Doing Well at Leverkusen

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[size=large][font=DFLWeb, Arial, sans-serif]Leon Bailey, Bayer Leverkusen[/font][/size]
[size=medium][font=DFLWeb, Arial, sans-serif]Games played: 16 
Goals: 7 
Assists: 5 
Successful dribbles/Attempted: 45/89[/font][/size]

[size=medium][font=DFLWeb, Arial, sans-serif]“We bought him with an eye on 2017/18,” said Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler shortly after Bailey had put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal just over a year ago. The former Germany striker and coach has been proven right, and stunningly so.[/font][/size]
[size=medium][font=DFLWeb, Arial, sans-serif]Bailey’s 2016/17 stats mean little — he played just 133 minutes after his winter move from Genk — but his Bundesliga aperitif means he has been able to hit the ground running in 2017/18, and he has done so. Fast, very fast. The speed gun caught the jet-heeled Jamaican at 21.12mph, but more eye-catchingly still, Bailey has proven to be more than just quick.[/font][/size]

[size=medium][font=DFLWeb, Arial, sans-serif]A tally of seven league goals puts him second only to Kevin Volland (with 10) in the high-performing Leverkusen squad, while just six players in the entire Bundesliga have been involved in more goals for their teams than Bailey, who has also registered an impressive five assists.[/font][/size]
[size=medium][font=DFLWeb, Arial, sans-serif]His stats are thanks in large part to his pace — he has put the finishing touch to two counter-attacks — and an in-built clinical streak that means he is frugal but effective with his shots, finding the net every six attempts on goal, the best ratio of the quartet highlighted here. That ruthless streak also applies when he has been called on to change a game coming off the bench: three Jokertoren are testament to that.[/font][/size]
[size=medium][font=DFLWeb, Arial, sans-serif]He has an eye for the spectacular — want proof? Check out his impish backheel against Hoffenheim — and a handy knack for performing in big games, as witnessed by his Matchday 19 strike that adds to goals in matches against top-four rivals Schalke and Rheinland neighbours Cologne and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Aged just 20, the most exciting thing about Bailey is that the best is surely yet to come.[/font][/size]

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