No Bundesliga participant – not even the A-listers at runaway leaders Bayern Munich – are shining brighter ideal now than Leverkusen’s excellent Jamaican winger Leon Bailey.
The 20-calendar year-old, bought from Belgian club Genk for 13.5 million euros in the January 2017 transfer window, has proved a blue riband performer in a purple shirt, a essential issue in Leverkusen’s concerted drive this expression for Champions League qualification.
Minimal marvel the West Indian has turn out to be European sizzling residence. At dwelling on either flank, he is the total package, an explosive combine of lightning rate, rubber-limbed dribbling contortions, classy creative imagination and ending electrical power.
Shockingly for 1 so young, he also brings a great offer of maturity to proceedings. He has a great positional video game, does his share of monitoring back again and definitely has a sense for the collective great, serving up aim upon aim for grateful teammates.
So omnipresent is he for the resurgent ‘Werkself’ that he would seem to be pulling concurrent day and night shifts.
Set simply, he is the style of unique who helps make things occur and surely was motivated when netting with an outrageous back again-heel in a 4-1 domestic league get at Hoffenheim. An otherworldly piece of artistry.
“It was an instinctive effort and hard work,” declared a beaming Bailey afterwards. “I did not have any other alternative as I had my back again to aim. I knew in which the aim was. It wasn’t going anyplace.”
Bailey’s story is the archetypal rags-to-riches chronicle. Escalating up on the imply streets of Cassava Piece, a down-at-heel district of Jamaica’s money Kingston, the young Leon really potentially could have been sucked into a earth of gangs and crime. Nevertheless many thanks to football, uncovered a way out, 1st coming to Europe at the age of 15 and inevitably making a bridgehead for himself in Austria (USK Anif and FC Liefering), Slovakia (AS Trencin) and Belgium (Genk).
“Leon is quite significant for us,” suggests fellow Leverkusen wide-male Julian Brandt. “He’s typically our tin-opener, the dude who opens the scoring or comes up with the winner. In this type of sort, he’s value his excess weight in gold.”
What We Acquired This 7 days
1. Crying Wolf
The seventh mentor to chunk the dust in the Bundesliga this expression, Hannes Wolf has parted firm with free of charge-falling Stuttgart. Just 8 months in the past, Wolf – a former reserve workforce boss at Dortmund – was basking in the glory of a second division title triumph. But with the Swabians shedding 7 of their past 8 video games, he had no place still left to hide. “We had to act just before it was as well late,” stated Stuttgart director of sport Michael Reschke. “We will need to create up some momentum, to return to successful techniques.”
2. Out for the Cup.
In a nightmarish get started to the New Year, RB Leipzig and Germany still left-back again Marcel Halstenberg faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines immediately after staying carried off his club’s schooling floor with ruptured cruciate ligaments in his still left-knee. Not only will the 26-calendar year-old overlook the rest of the current Bundesliga marketing campaign his Planet Cup 2018 aspiration has gone up in smoke as well. Halstenberg only manufactured his debut for the Nationalmannschaft past November, marking the occasion with a sound overall performance in the goalless pleasant towards England at Wembley.