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1 Posted 08/08/2020 at 18:25:39
2 Posted 08/08/2020 at 19:31:33
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkY66hYfutc - at :50 and 1:44
One of the quickest in the Bundesliga, terrific dribbler who will take on anybody. And I've seen him for Jamaica, giving the US defense heart attacks in the Gold Cup.
The issue with Bailey is maturity. He's 22 but acts younger. Twice in 6 weeks this season he came on as a sub, lashed out after being fouled, and got shown red. Served two suspensions totalling five games.
3 Posted 08/08/2020 at 19:33:24
4 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:24:53
5 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:30:54
He's very quick and good for a couple of goals but there have been some question marks over his temperament, both on and off the pitch.
A lot may depend on whether Carlo plans on playing 4-4-2 or not. If so then the right wide player will surely have to get through a fair bit of defensive work too. Dunno if Bailey has the work ethic for that but he's certainly an exciting player with the ball at his feet.
6 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:35:14
Scored a lot of goals at Genk - and has scored and assisted at a very good rate in Germany too. To have done all that at 22 (the same age as Dowell, for example) seems to show a great deal of character and maturity.
A good left foot, great pace, goals, assists, dribbling, creativity - this is exactly the sort of player we've been crying out for.
He does play mainly on the left but is more than comfortable on the right also. He'd be fine on either flank.
I have said before that him plus McKennie would give a great North American vibe to our team. We just need Jonathan David and Sergino Dest to complete the picture.
7 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:45:23
Bailey is playing for a decent team in Germany, Havertz is clearly the man who gets the attention.
I don't know much of Bailey, but seems to be quick and decent if not spectacular stats – at 22 he has room to improve.
I guess we'll have to wait for all European football to have finished for us to know if any of this has any substance.
8 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:47:26
9 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:51:39
10 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:03:13
His stats are only really bettered (in terms of gettable players) by the Italians Berardi (26) and Orsolini (23) (Neres has better stats but in a weaker league). Both have cultured left foot - with goals and assists. Not as pacey as Bailey.
I think they would struggle to acclimatise. Bailey has moved throughout Europe and succeeded wherever he's been. Also an English speaker. He'd settle in fine, I expect.
11 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:07:44
"flouted as an £80m player two or three years back"? By who?
Leverkusen paid about a fifth of that in 2017?
12 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:12:22
13 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:17:42
14 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:23:50
With regards to his attitude or temper, in some respects this firebrand personality is a good thing. I think Carlo will help him utilise it positively. Definitely one of the more interesting rumours.
15 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:30:26
16 Posted 08/08/2020 at 22:35:10
17 Posted 08/08/2020 at 22:36:59
Darren #11, actually even less than that. Transfermarkt lists his fee at that time as €13.5 million.
18 Posted 08/08/2020 at 22:41:32
I haven't been on TW much recently... Wondered if there‘s been much discussion about PSG wanting rid of Gana? I'd have him back in a heartbeat.
19 Posted 08/08/2020 at 22:45:33
20 Posted 08/08/2020 at 23:02:06
21 Posted 08/08/2020 at 23:36:37
I couldn't fault him if he went to a side who can offer Champions League football, but personally I'd break the bank to get him back.
22 Posted 08/08/2020 at 23:41:01
23 Posted 09/08/2020 at 00:08:06
24 Posted 09/08/2020 at 00:23:28
We have months of this crappy nonsense to endure, so don't get carried away!
25 Posted 09/08/2020 at 00:43:47
Kristian #23, actually I believe he wasn't qualified to play for England because his grandparents, although UK citizens, hadn't been born in England. His public statements were that he was holding out on Jamaica because the team was so poor. With him they got better in a hurry.
26 Posted 09/08/2020 at 01:47:19
27 Posted 09/08/2020 at 09:00:59
28 Posted 09/08/2020 at 09:13:02
What we need is talent, backbone and reliability! And lots of it.
29 Posted 09/08/2020 at 14:04:26
Brilliant, if only for the oldies!
30 Posted 09/08/2020 at 14:26:04
31 Posted 09/08/2020 at 14:50:45
32 Posted 09/08/2020 at 01:27:13
Like Beckham, Zidane, Cantona etc.
33 Posted 10/08/2020 at 01:55:44
To be sure, Bailey is capable of the sublime and has moments of brilliance, but he too often blows cold as opposed to hot. He has great pace, but his final product is severely lacking. He is also prone to trying to do too much and losing the ball in dangerous areas.
It should also be noted that his deficiencies will only be highlighted in this Everton team where he doesn't have a world class orchestrator of Havertz's quality. And, though it is unrelated, I do want to point out that Chelsea are getting a player I believe to be the player of this generation in Havertz.
34 Posted 10/08/2020 at 10:07:45
Whereas, Bailey would be motivated. Either to prove himself in the Premier League or to earn a bigger move elsewhere.
Unrelated question, but would Iwobi fit as a Number 10? Would he be better than Sigurdsson? Could he be any worse? He can pick a pass and has pace in short spurts. Might he be better suited to the Number 10 role?
35 Posted 10/08/2020 at 00:03:39
36 Posted 11/08/2020 at 02:34:13
37 Posted 11/08/2020 at 04:07:35
You obviously know a lot more about the guy than most of us but I still think a little fire in the belly even if dished out rashly is not a bad thing.
Our Mason was a bit like that when he was younger and was lucky to get away with one or two rash moments.
38 Posted 11/08/2020 at 06:37:34
In addition to the reds, he's had some lack of consistency in his performances, and was in and out of the Leverkusen first 11. Peter Bosz is a smart, creative manager, and if he's willing to sell off Bailey, there's a reason.
I'd very much like to see what Carlo could do with this kid.
39 Posted 11/08/2020 at 06:49:00
40 Posted 11/08/2020 at 07:58:37
We need to buy players for the engine room – not players that put the icing on top of the cake – there is already a queue of them to do that in our squad.
41 Posted 11/08/2020 at 08:19:16
42 Posted 11/08/2020 at 18:01:22
Damn, is there any roster in Europe you don't know about? You and Sam are like Delphi Oracles on this stuff.
43 Posted 12/08/2020 at 20:44:42
As we need to trim squad, seeing them replace Bernard, Bolasie, Sandro would probably see us £25M out of pocket but is an immediate upgrade and trims our wage bill by about £120k per week. I wouldn't be supervised if Don Carlo moves on Iwobi too, based on the number of half-time hooks he received, leaving Walcott and Gordon in our squad for depth.
44 Posted 12/08/2020 at 21:18:50
45 Posted 12/08/2020 at 21:38:48
I have often wondered whether my time might be better spent looking at share price statistics than obscure footballers. I might have made a nice little sideline. Truth is I am absolutely fascinated by obscure footballers and football transfers – and don't really give a shit about the markets. My loss – possibly ToffeeWeb's loss also.
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