Bailey’s Stellar Form Prompts Villa to Consider Rewarding Jamaican Forward with Enhanced Terms
Aston Villa is gearing up for contract talks with Jamaican international Leon Bailey, whose outstanding performances have played a pivotal role in Unai Emery’s title-chasing squad.
Despite being on the transfer list last summer, Bailey has transformed into a key player, notching six goals and providing five assists, contributing significantly to Villa’s current standing at second place in the English Premier League, just three points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Bailey, who arrived at Villa in 2021 for a £25 million transfer fee, partly funded by the £100 million sale of Jack Grealish to Manchester City, initially signed a four-year deal with options for extension.
However, the club is now eager to acknowledge his remarkable contributions by offering him fresh terms that would place him closer to the top earners at Villa, a list that includes Emi Martinez, Tyrone Mings, Moussa Diaby, and Ollie Watkins.
Since Unai Emery took over as manager in October 2022, Villa’s wage bill has witnessed a significant surge, with notable players such as Mings, Watkins, Martinez, John McGinn, and Ezri Konsa receiving substantial pay raises.
Bailey’s latest goal came in Villa’s 3-2 victory over Burnley in the final game of 2023, further solidifying his importance to the team.
However, it is anticipated that Bailey, along with several other key players, will be given a rest in the upcoming FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Expressing his satisfaction with his current form, Bailey stated, “I’m very pleased with the way things are going for me personally.
“I’m here to help the team as much as possible. Whenever I’m called upon, I’m here. I am used to the games coming so quickly like this. I’ve always been playing in both domestic competitions and in Europe.”
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