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Aston Villa: Dean Jones says Leon Bailey could leave this summer

Aston Villa: Dean Jones says Leon Bailey could leave this summer -Aston Villa News

Transfer insider Dean Jones isn’t sure whether Leon Bailey will be at Aston Villa next season. 

The lowdown

Villa paid £28.8m to sign the 24-year-old from Bayer Leverkusen just last summer. That made him the third-biggest signing in the club’s history, behind Emiliano Buendia and Ollie Watkins, but the winger hasn’t been able to make too much of an impact up to this point.

Having struggled to stay fit, he has started only four Premier League matches, making a further eight appearances from the bench (totalling 472 minutes).

The Jamaican’s solitary Villa goal so far came in the 3-0 win over Everton in September, although he has also provided two assists.

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The latest

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones suggested that Villa might let Bailey leave after just 12 months if the right offer arrives at the club’s door.

The journalist admitted: “Bailey I’m not so sure about. I think that he really could be moved on in the summer in the right circumstances.”

The verdict

It’s worth remembering just how good Bailey was at Leverkusen last season. He scored 15 goals and laid on 11 assists in all competitions, and with that kind of return, he looked like a real coup for Villa at the time.

Back in September, then-manager Dean Smith outlined his expectation that the 24-year-old would be a ‘crowd favourite’ at Villa Park.

According to Transfermarkt, Bailey had only missed 13 games through injury across his entire career before he moved to England, which should surely give Villa hope that he can overcome the problems he has encountered this season.

Despite Jones casting some doubt over the Jamaican’s future in the Midlands, the winger deserves more time to prove his worth to Steven Gerrard.

In other news, one player on Villa’s books has suffered a major setback

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