Leon Bailey Happy at Bayer Leverkusen Amid Arsenal and Chelsea Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2018

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 06: Leon Bailey of Leverkusen controls the ball during the DFB Cup match between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen at BayArena on February 6, 2018 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)
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Bayer Leverkusen sensation Leon Bailey has said he is happy at the club amid links to a number of Premier League sides.

The forward has been wonderful to watch this season in the Bundesliga, turning in some memorable displays and helping Leverkusen move up into a UEFA Champions League spot. According to the Sunday Mirror's Steve Stammers, Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring the player.

Bailey believes he will move on one day, although he said Bayer are ideal for him at this juncture.

"Leverkusen is perfect for me," he said to Bild (h/t Robin Bairner of Goal). "I want to develop and then I can take the next step. When I move to a big club, the people there will want to know me. I want to make a name for myself at the highest level."

Bailey moved to Bayer in January 2017, although he has really caught alight in the current campaign.

Bleacher Report's Dean Jones commented on just how good the 20-year-old is:

The Jamaican-born winger has added something refreshing to the Leverkusen team and is the crown jewel in an attacking setup that contains the likes of Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz.

Bailey's biggest asset is his searing pace. Operating on the left flank primarily and being left footed, he loves to take his man on on the outside, although he's sharp enough to dip infield and catch opponents off guard. He's also shown he can cut in from the right-hand side in recent weeks.

Bailey has been so important to Leverkusen this season.
Bailey has been so important to Leverkusen this season.Martin Meissner/Associated Press

When he does find dangerous positions, Bailey has been smart with possession. The youngster is developing an understanding of when to dribble, when to pass and when to shoot.

Per the Scouted Football Twitter account, Bailey has been able to make a positive impression on matches regardless of where he's stationed on the field:

Given just how good he's been—Bailey has nine goals and five assists in the Bundesliga this season already—there will be interest in the winger come the end of the season.

For a player with such speed and skill to have such consistency early in his career is remarkable; Bailey would already fit in at some of the best sides in Europe.

According to WhoScored.com, the winger has been one of the standout players in the German top flight this season:

It will only be 18 months since he made the move to Leverkusen in the summer, meaning there's no immediate pressure on Bayer to cash in. Plus, with so many exceptional young players in their ranks, they will be keen to build towards an exciting future with Bailey at the core.

It does appear Bailey wants to make a move to a juggernaut of European football eventually, and if he continues to produce as he has done recently, then that will surely come. But he's still only 20 years old, something that is easy to forget after the rapid progress he's made lately.  

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