After giving Aston Villa fans a glimpse of what he could do, Leon Bailey must surely be given the chance to make his full debut for the club when his side take on Chelsea on Saturday evening.
Dean Smith’s side travel to the reigning Champions League holders at Stamford Bridge, hoping to kick-start their Premier League season following a mixed start thus far.
One way that they could certainly cause the Blues some major problems is by unleashing one of their marquee summer signings in Bailey.
The former Bayer Leverkusen star has barely had any chance to show the Villa support what he is capable of producing following his move from Germany, with him missing the last two matches in the top flight due to a hamstring injury.
However, after coming off the bench to great effect against Watford on the opening day – he marked his Premier League debut for the club by setting up John McGinn’s goal and almost sparking a late comeback – Bailey showed just what he can bring to the table.
Speaking before Villa officially confirmed the deal to sign the winger, Alan Hutton threw his backing behind a move for the Jamaica international.
He said: “I’m so excited to see this one. I’ve heard a lot about him over the past two or three seasons. He’s obviously still very young but he’s electric, he gets people off their seats. That’s what you want in a player.
“But what’s more impressive, 15 goals and 11 assists from wide areas in the German league. That’s unbelievable. It’s the kind of consistency you want from your wingers.”
Former Ajax youth coach Ronald de Boer once said of the Jamaican: “He’s so fast it’s not normal. His speed, combined with his technique, is very rare. Exceptional. He has no weak points.”
Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller added: “He’s got extraordinary pace, he’s very skilful with the ball, and he will give further impetus to our attacking department.”
Bailey has the kind of pace, as both De Boer and Voller will testify, which would surely frighten Chelsea and make their wing-backs think twice about constantly trying to bomb forward.
The Jamaican could hurt Thomas Tuchel’s side on the counterattack if the Blues decided to push a bit further forward, and Smith could give his team a devastating weapon by starting him for the first time in a Villa shirt.
And, with Emi Buendia out due to travelling with Argentina, Bailey has the perfect chance to ensure Villa don’t miss one of their other summer signings.