With Leroy Sane strongly linked with an exit from Manchester City to join Bayern Munich (as per The Telegraph), the Premier League champions have reportedly turned to the Bundesliga for a possible successor to the German winger.
The Daily Mail reported that Pep Guardiola has targeted Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey as a possible like-for-like replacement for the 24-year-old, who is valued at £40m by his current club and who has also drawn admiration from Arsenal.
Jamaican winger Bailey has scored seven goals in 24 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen this season, lining out predominantly on the left wing. However, he can play anywhere across the forward line as well as in attacking midfield. [via TransferMarkt]
The 22-year-old averages 1.6 shots, 1.6 successful dribbles and 0.9 key passes per game, while drawing 0.8 fouls per match. He has a passing success rate of 70.4%, although the defensive side of his game leaves plenty to be desired – he has match averages of just 0.3 successful tackles and 0.3 interceptions. [via WhoScored]
Do you think Leon Bailey would be a good signing for Manchester City?
Those figures need to be viewed in the context of those posted by Sane and other Manchester City forwards. Five players in Guardiola’s squad have scored more goals this season while Bernardo Silva is level with him on seven (as per WhoScored).
Six players at the Etihad take more shots per game, with 10 having a higher average for key passes. His passing accuracy is at least 10% lower than every outfield player for Manchester City, while his tackling average is no higher than any of Guardiola’s outfielders (as per WhoScored).
Bailey may have a respectable scoring return this season but his other metrics suggest that he is well short of the standards set by those currently at Manchester City. In comparison to Sane, his return of seven goals and one assist this term is far inferior to the German’s 16 goals and 18 assists from last season prior to his anterior cruciate ligament rupture nine months ago.
Guardiola is known as a coach who places enormous value in ball retention, so the Bayer Leverkusen winger’s weak passing accuracy in comparison to Manchester City’s players makes him seem a peculiar target for the Spanish manager. Discipline could also be an issue with the Jamaican, who has twice received straight red cards this season.
As possible replacements for Sane go, Bailey does not seem like the right man to take the German’s place at the Etihad.
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