Bailey is Fanatic Player of October
Bayer Leverkusen's Jamaican attacker, Leon Bailey, continues to enhance his reputation in the German Football League after he was named Bundesliga Fanatic October Player of the month.
His agent and adoptive father, Craig Butler, said none of Bailey's achievements are surprising, adding that they had been planned and prophesied.
"I am not surprised. I have already said that Leon is going to be, if he is not already, the best player Jamaica has ever produced. Everything occurring now was planned and prophesied before. The prophecy is being fulfilled, one by one," Butler told STAR Sports.
The 20-year-old attacker has been massively influential for his club since his nightmare debut, substituted at half-time against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on match day one.
However, Bailey's form of late has been so impressive that he has kept highly rated German international winger Karim Bellarabi out of the starting line-up and has been one of the main driving forces behind the Werkself's rise to ninth in the table, just three points off the top-four Champions League places.
"Leon is a weapon! He has unbelievable speed, a strong finish and is incredibly difficult to defend. We are very satisfied with him," said Bayer coach Heiko Herrlich following the Rheinderby.
ARGUABLY THE BEST PLAYER
The left-footed attacker has been deployed increasingly on the right of an attacking trio by coach Herrlich and was arguably the best player in a 2-2 home draw with Wolfsburg, involved in many of the chances Leverkusen created and was always a danger from set pieces.
In the 5-1 comeback game against Borrussia Mˆnchengladbach, Bailey scored the goal that put Leverkusen 2-1 up and was outstanding throughout the match.
The fast-rising star closed off the month with another Man of the Match performance against Kˆln, scoring the equaliser in a 2-1 win in the Rheinderby after rounding keeper Timo Horn.
Bundesligafanatic.com also stated that October has shown the young Jamaican to be a master of the three Ts - technique, tempo and temperament.
"People ask me why Leon is not in England or Spain. I tell them the plan is to dominate for a season or two and then move to the next level as a recognised, bona fide top footballer," Butler pointed out.