Midfield star prepares to shine in German top flight
Leon Bailey, whose season in the German top tier has been hampered by injury, is expected to return to action next week seeking six appeal.
The 22-year-old ace has bagged five goals during his injury ravaged season and is keen to add to his tally, especially after his last strike hit the headlines across the globe.
The Jamaica international is expected to be part of the Bayer Leverkusen squad who visit Werder Bremen behind closed doors on 18 May.
With the Bundesliga set to become the first European top-flight league to restart, following their suspension on 13 March, Bailey
has a chance to shine. German clubs only returned to training midway through last month, but most players are raring to get back to business following the Coronavirus shutdown despite the fact that all matches are scheduled to be played behind closed doors.
Bailey, who like fellow midfield team-mates Charles Aranguiz and
Kai Havertz, is on the radar of defending champions Bayern Munich as well as a cluster of English clubs.
It was Bailey who made a name for himself in Leverkusen’s last outing, hitting a stinging Europa League wonder goal against Rangers in Glasgow.
Kingston-born Bailey, who has only made four appearances for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, exquisitely curled his effort into the top corner during their emphatic 3-1 triumph.
He will surely be biting at the bit to make an impact for his club, and seize the opportunity to show global TV audiences why he’s been on the radar of such clubs as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid over the past few years.
Most Bundesliga teams have nine games left to play, with table-topping Bayern Munich just four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund and Bailey’s Leverkusen lying fifth.
The German Football Association (DFB) have stated that the season would resume under strict health protocols, which bans fans from the stadiums as well as requiring all players to have COVID-19 testing. FC Koln, who sit 10th in the league table, reported on 1 May that three squad members tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Aleksander Ceferin, the Uefa president, has gone on record in support of the Bundesliga’s return, and explained that he is “confident that Germany will provide a shining example” to the world of football on how to get back on the ball.
So far a trio of top-flight leagues have been called off, namely Belgium’s Pro League, France’s Ligue 1 and the Netherlands’ Eredivisie.
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