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Bailey's availability attracts Everton links

| Saturday, 08 August 2020 45comments  |  Jump to last
Everton's desire to strengthen their squad in wide areas has reportedly led the club to Leon Bailey who is being linked with a move to Goodison.

The Blues are said to have watched the Bayer Leverkusen winger in recent weeks and have been buoyed by the fact that the Bundesliga side are apparently willing to let him leave this summer.

Bailey, who scored 5 times in 22 league appearances for Leverkusen in 2019-20, has been with the German side since 2017 after moving there from Dutch side Genk.

The Jamaican is reportedly available for for around £25m.

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Alan Johnson
1 Posted 08/08/2020 at 18:25:39
I don't know much about this guy but my son is excited about the possibility of him joining.
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 08/08/2020 at 19:31:33
Alan, your son should be excited. Bailey is electric. I watched him beat Bayern Munich with two goals earlier this season, once with each foot, both off pure pace and calm finishing: - 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.

John Hammond
3 Posted 08/08/2020 at 19:33:24
Not seen him play but I do know he's a left-footed left-winger. Although he can play right wing it's not his preferred position. Missed a few games through injury this season and got 2 red cards in the space of 4 or 5 games. That though seems to be out of the ordinary.
Bobby Mallon
4 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:24:53
Another player not suited to Everton FC.
Sam Hoare
5 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:30:54
Talented lad who was being flouted around as a £80M player two or three years back.

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.

Robert Tressell
6 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:35:14
Disagree, Bobby. Leon Bailey seems like a very good fit to me. Came over to Europe as a very young lad and played games in Austria and Slovakia before moving to Belgium. We should really have signed him from Genk, who have a very strong track record of picking up obscure talent from overseas.

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.

Fran Mitchell
7 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:45:23
If we were looking for a North American vibe, Rob, I'd prefer Claudio's Reyna's son, Giovanni – he's gonna be a class act (almost impossible, I know, but hey).

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.

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:47:26
Your reasons, Bobby? Too young, old, slow, tall, short?
Carl Manning
9 Posted 08/08/2020 at 20:51:39
Leon Bailey is Jamaican isn’t he?
Robert Tressell
10 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:03:13
Carl - he is Jamaican. I was taking some liberties with the North American thing.

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.

Darren Hind
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?

Robert Tressell
12 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:12:22
He was linked to Chelsea when Hazard left. It was for a much bigger fee than is currently being touted £ £50M plus. £80M was probably the reported figure in the red-tops and the daft gossip websites.
Colin Glassar
13 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:17:42
No Allan for Napoli tonight. Not even on the bench by the looks of it.
Tony Everan
14 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:23:50
Walcott moved on and Bailey in would be progress.

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.

Andrew Ellams
15 Posted 08/08/2020 at 21:30:26
Tony Everan. Without European football, replacing Walcott with Leon Bailey would be a big step forward.
Clive Rogers
16 Posted 08/08/2020 at 22:35:10
The big question is, would he want to come to us?
Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 08/08/2020 at 22:36:59
Fran #7, amen, but Gio Reyna couldn't be in a better place right now than Dortmund -- just 17, regular minutes for perhaps the most exciting attack in the world under a great teaching manager (Favre) and best friends with Haaland and Sancho. He could even start games if Sancho leaves. I think he'll stay there until the 2022 World Cup at the earliest.

Darren #11, actually even less than that. Transfermarkt lists his fee at that time as €13.5 million.

Dave White
18 Posted 08/08/2020 at 22:41:32
Colin #8. Thank you! I was thinking the same thing. I don't know anything about this guy but another Steven Pienaar (in his first stint at least) would be awesome.

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.

Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 08/08/2020 at 22:45:33
Dave #18, that's a yes on Gana... reportedly his teammates and fans love him but manager Leonardo is not a big supporter, and rumour has ManUtd and Wolves interested.
Sam Hoare
20 Posted 08/08/2020 at 23:02:06
Darren @11; there were a few. They tend to regurgitate the same story:

Dave White
21 Posted 08/08/2020 at 23:36:37
Mike #19,

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.

Nick Swallow
22 Posted 08/08/2020 at 23:41:01
Bobby #4, I could not disagree more, he's exactly what we need.
Kristian Boyce
23 Posted 09/08/2020 at 00:08:06
The £80m price tag was a while back when he was still uncapped by Jamaica. I believe he was being offered to English teams as he actually qualifies to play for England through grandparents (thus adding the ‘English’ tax on young players). I think he was holding out for a while before joining up with the Jamaicans, even though he was by far their best player.
Mike Keating
24 Posted 09/08/2020 at 00:23:28
More lazy journo bullshit along with all the other ‘Everton and Spurs are linked' bollocks. If this comes to pass – I'll show my arse in Burton's window.

We have months of this crappy nonsense to endure, so don't get carried away!

Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 09/08/2020 at 00:43:47
Mike #24, you will post that photo here, won't ya?

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.

Derek Thomas
26 Posted 09/08/2020 at 01:47:19
Wait until you see him at Finch Farm holding up a shirt with his name on... then start slagging him.
Derek Knox
27 Posted 09/08/2020 at 09:00:59
Is he any relation to Bill Bailey? Who still hasn't come home! :-)
Anthony Flack
28 Posted 09/08/2020 at 09:13:02
For some reason, the descriptions remind me of Drenthe – now he was fantastically capable and only self-destructive in equal measure.

What we need is talent, backbone and reliability! And lots of it.

Martin Reppion
29 Posted 09/08/2020 at 14:04:26
Derek #27,

Brilliant, if only for the oldies!

Jay Harris
30 Posted 09/08/2020 at 14:26:04
I don't know much about him but – for those questioning his temperament and red cards – read just what we want: a winner with determination.
Mike Gaynes
31 Posted 09/08/2020 at 14:50:45
Jay, those reds weren't the product of determination. They were childish reactions. That's not what we're looking for.
Geoff Lambert
32 Posted 09/08/2020 at 01:27:13
Mike @31,

Like Beckham, Zidane, Cantona etc.

Joseph Terrence
33 Posted 10/08/2020 at 01:55:44
I hope there is no genuine interest from our end. I know that there will be excitement because of Bailey's potential, but he is just too inconsistent.

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.

PA Greenhow
34 Posted 10/08/2020 at 10:07:45
I would much prefer to see Leon Bailey on the wing instead of Walcott. Walcott has no motivation other than to turn up for the next 12 months to collect his pay cheque. You can expect more of the half-assed attitude from him next season.

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?

Kevin Dyer
35 Posted 10/08/2020 at 00:03:39
I watched the second half of the Bayer Leverkusen - Inter game tonight and he looked great going forward. Buy him!
Mike Gaynes
36 Posted 11/08/2020 at 02:34:13
Geoff #32, I don't think any of those guys did it twice in six weeks.

Jay Harris
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.

Mike Gaynes
38 Posted 11/08/2020 at 06:37:34
Jay, don't get me wrong, I'd love to see the guy in our shirt. I just made it a point, however, to balance my enthusiastic review at #2 by noting some maturity issues that will have to be ironed out.

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.

Steve Shave
39 Posted 11/08/2020 at 06:49:00
Jorge Jesus, the flamboyant new manager of Benfica, was quoted yesterday as saying we are in the mix for Everton Soares. I'd love this to be true, I know a certain Brazilian-based ToffeeWeber who would agree. Left-winger though.
Rob Dolby
40 Posted 11/08/2020 at 07:58:37
#34 you're flogging a dead horse with the "Number 10 for Iwobi" shout. It would just be another place for him to hide. We have bought a duffer – plain and simple. Oh, and Ancelotti doesn't play with a Number 10.

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.

Robert Tressell
41 Posted 11/08/2020 at 08:19:16
Mike, the reason might be that they have Florian Wirtz coming through as an exceptional talent – and already have Diaby and Paulinho who can play Bailey's role.
Mike Gaynes
42 Posted 11/08/2020 at 18:01:22
Thanks, Robert. I've never glimpsed Paulinho and know nothing about Wirtz... is that the baby boy who scored against Bayern? Youngest ever, I heard?

Damn, is there any roster in Europe you don't know about? You and Sam are like Delphi Oracles on this stuff.

Ash Coakley
43 Posted 12/08/2020 at 20:44:42
100% agree that energy though the middle was non-existent last season and that addressing it has to be a major part of our summer plans but the idea of Everton Soares and Bailey for under £50M combined needs to be explored. They are both fast, tenacious and have a quality and flair that can win games. They also fit our profile for potential purchases.

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.

Ray Said
44 Posted 12/08/2020 at 21:18:50
Reported that Todibo, the Barcelona defender we were linked with, has tested positive for the Covid virus. I hope the lad recovers quickly.
Robert Tressell
45 Posted 12/08/2020 at 21:38:48
Mike @42,

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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