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Aston Villa: Leon Bailey now ‘looking for a transfer’

Aston Villa: Leon Bailey now ‘looking for a transfer’ -Aston Villa News

Leon Bailey will now be considering potential routes out of Aston Villa, transfer insider Dean Jones says

The lowdown

Villa paid £28.8million to sign Bailey from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen just last summer.

But he’s only started four Premier League games in total and, since returning from a thigh injury midway through last month, he’s been limited to three appearances off the bench and been an unused substitute on two occasions (via Transfermarkt).

Bailey is a winger but the system favoured by Gerrard recently is narrow, with winter signing Philippe Coutinho slotting into an attacking midfield role behind strike partnership Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins.

The latest

Jones thinks the change in system from the manager will have Bailey considering his future less than a year into his Villa career.

“I think it leaves Leon Bailey looking for a transfer, to be honest,” he told Give Me Sport.

The verdict

Bailey’s arrival was greeted with great fanfare. The Guardian’s Josh Wright described him as an ‘ideal replacement’ for Jack Grealish (following his move to Manchester City), while Eurosport’s Pete Sharland tipped him to light up the Premier League.

And no wonder, given that the Jamaican finished the 2020/21 season with an excellent tally of 26 goals/assists for Leverkusen.

But fitness issues have robbed Bailey of the chance to show Gerrard what he can do, and as a consequence he’s now employing a system that he believes gets the best out of Ings and Watkins.

In other news, John Percy dropped a ‘complicated’ update on Philippe Coutinho.  

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