Next year belongs to Bailey - Butler
LEON Bailey's father and agent, Craig Butler, has said the young Jamaican winger will be a key player for Bayer Leverkusen next season after a difficult start with the German giants.
Butler said the move from Belgian club Genk to Leverkusen was a bit premature but the transfer was done to give Bailey time to prepare for the German League this season when he is expected to play a more important role.
"I have organised Leon Bailey's contract this year, so he will be one of the key player for Bayer Leverkusen next season. We wanted to move to Leverkusen early, so we wanted to move in the January transfer window.
"Most big transfers are done in the summer but since we wanted to move early, and Bayer Leverkusen had already had two wingers, who play the same position as Leon, that they were trying to sell in the transfer window, if they took them out of the team and put Leon in, they wouldn't be able to sell them, so sometimes you have to understand the business of football.
"We knew when we go there we would use the first half-of-season to get Leon settled in and get used to the club and perform at a certain level, and then he would get a starting position and show what he can do as a big part of the team," he continued.
Butler revealed that Leon also got the vote of confidence from Sporting Director Rudi Voller, and expects the 19-year-old to really establish himself as a top player in the German Bundesliga, starting this season..
"I spoke with Rudi Voller two days ago and he spoke emphatically that this season is Leon's season. Leon is always going to give a hundred per cent whether he plays a full game or he plays 20 minutes, you are always going to see top performances from Leon Bailey.
"He is happy, he is excited, he is settled into Leverkusen well and he is going to go out and do really well this season and I am sure he will score a lot of goals," he said.