Should Chelsea Make A Move For Bayer Leverkusen Winger Leon Bailey To Replace Willian?
Chelsea are reportedly interested in a January move for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey. The youngster has been attracting attention from a lot of top clubs across Europe for his gutsy performances and the Blues are also quite keen on acquiring his services.
Antonio Conte is desperate to add a new dimension to the club’s attack and has identified Bailey as a prime target. The defending champions started the season on a dismal note but are in a stable position right now as far as points are concerned.
Currently sitting at 3rd place in the table, Chelsea are 3 points behind second-placed Manchester United. However, if they are to harbour greater aspirations, a player like Bailey could prove to be a valuable addition for the long run. Although Chelsea have Willian and Pedro vying for the right-wing role, it will be interesting to see how the dynamics change if they manage to sign Bailey.
Pedro may have been vastly inconsistent this season but Willian has been one of Chelsea’s strongest. In fact, in their recent Carabao Cup encounter with Bournemouth, Willian was a force to be reckoned with. He kept making things to take the attack to a whole other level and he also scored the opening goal for the Blues. Plus, he undoubtedly has more experience in the Premier League when compared to Bailey and the youngster will need some time before he can settle in.
The left-wing role belongs to Eden Hazard and although Bailey is primarily a left-winger, it is likely that Conte is eyeing him with the right-wing role in mind. While it could be suggested that the Italian manager is interested in the Jamaican to use him as a replacement for Willian, there is a reason to believe it may not be the best option. That said, Conte could use him as a deputy on a short-term basis until he settles in and then go on to deploy him as the main player. That would also provide Willian some time to assess his options outside the club.
While a player like Bailey is an investment, the fact remains that it might be a bit unfair to Willian to be replaced by a new albeit inexperienced player. However, Bailey’s pace and skills could truly benefit the Blues’ attack and he is likely to flourish better on a long-term basis. Also, the youngster is quite adaptable as proven by the way he fit quickly at Bayer and adjusting to the Premier League may not be tough for him.