Manchester United keeping a close eye on Genk winger Leon Bailey – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Genk winger Leon Bailey, according to reports.

The Jamaican joined the Belgian side back in 2015 and immediately impressed, claiming the Belgian Young Footballer of the Year award in his first season.

According to the Mail Online’s Simon Jones, club officials were present for Genk’s 3-1 Europa League win over Sassuolo, and witnessed Bailey crown an enterprising performance with a well taken goal.

It was also reported representatives from Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester, Sunderland and Newcastle travelled to Belgium as well.

One might say that to impress in Belgium is one thing, and that impressing in England – or on any other comparatively big stage – is quite another thing in itself.

However, this is a player – aged just 19 – with a seemingly insatiable thirst for producing devastating performances. He possesses a skill-set that easily eclipses the paltry parameters of Belgian football – a notion backed up by his tally of five goals this season.

Bailey is already effectively demonstrating a capacity to cause damage on bigger, more international recognised stages. Moving for him immediately could be seen as a risk; a longer period of time playing regular football would serve him well at this given moment, but make no mistake: it is only a matter of time before a big club moves for him.

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