For Aston Villa, this summer promises to be one of the most exciting in memory for Villa fans. The cub is on the cusp of completing some very ambitious deals, and also have been bidding for young talent such as Emile Smith-Rowe. While the England youngster has now signed a new deal at Arsenal, it shows the level of ambition at Villa this summer. The latest name to be linked with a move to Birmingham has been Leon Bailey.
The Bayer Leverkusen winger has impressed hugely since arriving in the Bundesliga, and has become a fans favourite with good reason. However, reports that a fee of just £35m would be needed to land the wing wizard has various clubs interested in making a deal. Villa, though, are believed to be the most pushy for a deal and thus might be able to land a deal for the forward by the end of the summer.
Reports in Germany suggest that a bid of around £30m has been knocked back so far. More bids are expected to arrive, with the club in need of a new creative outlet on the wings. With pace to burn and a fantastic left foot, Bailey would offer another attacking outlet alongside Jack Grealish and Emi Buendia.
The club is expected to push heavily for major reinforcements this summer as they look to build a squad that can compete at the very highest level of the English game. Backed with funding from afar, Villa are a club that want to try and establish themselves as a power within English football again, and see collecting young talent like Bailey to be the ideal path to making that possible.
Is Leon Bailey a good fit for the Premier League?
Absolutely. This is a forward with a fantastic balance on the ball, great movement off the ball, and an eye for challenging finishes. As such, expect to see the Jamaican arriving in the Premier League with a bang; his all-action, high energy style makes him perfect for modern football in the English top flight.
His aggression off the ball could be improved, but Bailey has grown from an inconsistent wing presence to one of the best players in Germany. His arrival in England feels like a formality, with the player having made clear in the past that he would like to try out English football at least once.
Villa, then, are the ideal fit for a player who wants to play regularly and earn regular time on the pitch. His bombastic style paired with an aggressive approach means that he offers Villa a player who can attack, pass, score, and cross with equal ease.
His long range shooting would be useful in a league where space can open up at any moment, too. The attacking nature of English football would make an idea playground for a tricky winger with an eye for goal. Expect, then, various bids to arrive from Villa as they look to complete a very ambitious deal.