Journalist Luke Hatfield feels that Aston Villa summer signing Leon Bailey will get even better once he starts getting full games under his belt for the club.
How has Bailey started at Villa?
After completing his move from Bayer Leverkusen at the start of August, Bailey has had to wait patiently for opportunities in the first-team.
He is yet to start a game for the Villans, but he has made three impressive appearances off the bench in the Premier League. On his debut against Watford, he delivered an assist for John McGinn to bring Dean Smith’s men back into the game, although the side ended up losing 3-2.
His most impressive performance arguably came against Everton earlier this month when he came on in the second half and scored the final goal in a convincing 3-0 win over the Toffees.
What has Hatfield said about Bailey’s potential?
Hatfield feels that Bailey’s display against Everton gave a glimpse of what he is capable of. Having witness that performance, he is now excited to see what the 24-year-old can produce when he plays the full 90 minutes.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “We’ve not really seen Leon Bailey fully start his Villa career yet, I suppose. He’s had a couple of cameo appearances and they’ve been brilliant cameo appearances. But if he can do what he did against Everton in 21 minutes, you’re worried to think about what he’s capable of doing over a 90 minute spell.”
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When could Bailey play his first 90 minutes for Villa?
As Hatfield mentioned, Bailey’s Villa career has not completely taken off at this stage, and the team’s supporters are going to have to wait a little longer until they can see him in action again. The winger is set to be out until after the next international break due to an injury that he picked up during the Everton clash.
This means that he will not be available for Sunday’s match with Tottenham, but he could come back into contention for the Midlands derby against Wolves on October 16.
Bailey appeared to feed off the crowd in his latest outing, having arrived on the pitch with the score locked at 0-0, before limping off just over 20 minutes later after playing a major role in handing his side a comfortable victory.
The prospect of him making his return in a local derby in front of a packed house at Villa Park next month is a mouthwatering one, and Smith may be tempted to throw him straight in from start if he can prove his fitness ahead of that match.