Europa best X1 pick for Ja's Bailey

December 13, 2016
@Normal:Jamaica's Leon Bailey of Genk celebrates after scoring during the Europa League group stage match between Genk and Sassuolo at the Cristal Arena in Genk, Belgium, on September 29.

Genk midfielder, Jamaica-born Leon Bailey, has been named in the best eleven from the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

The 19-year old netted four goals to give his side four wins in six group stage games, helping his Belgian club top Group F with 12 points. Bailey is lined up on the right side of a four-man midfield which includes another Genk stand out, Wilfred Ndidi, and the world's most expensive signing, Manchester United's Paul Pogba, in central midfield and Amin Younes of Ajax on the left.

Bailey, who was named to back-to-back Europa League teams of the week in September, has made a series of great steps since joining the club. In his debut season last year, he was named Belgium's Young Player of the Year, and now he's making great strides in the UEFA Europa League.

The speedy attacker's performances have turned heads on the continent, where he hit four goals in four group stage matches to be ranked by UEFA as the fourth-best player of the tournament.

In September, Bailey was also named on the 40-man first list for UEFA's prestigious Golden Boy Award and could follow in the footsteps of another Jamaican-born talent, Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, in winning the award.

According to the website,, Bailey and Sterling have become friendly on Instagram and have exchanged a series of messages, with Bailey now referring to the England international as 'big brother'. "Listen charge push yourself as hard as you can because you will slowly make progress each and every day," Sterling said in one of his messages.

The youngster who is high on the wish list of a number of some of Europe's big boys has no weakness according to former Dutch international and Barcelona and Ajax star Frank De Boer, a youth team coach at Ajax.

"He's got it all ... . He underwent a series of tests at Ajax. When it came to speed and agility he did better than several first team boys. He's so quick, it's not normal. He couples that with great technique, an exceptional combination. What are his weaknesses? I couldn't tell you." De Boer commented.

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