Manchester United may have found the perfect replacement for Anthony Martial in the form of Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey.
According to reports, the Red Devils have already had discussions with the Jamaican wideman’s representatives as recently as the January transfer window.
With current United forward Martial having been urged to leave Old Trafford, this summer is the perfect time for the club to move for Bailey.
Since joining Bayer Leverkusen, the former Genk man has become one of the most exciting forward players in the Bundesliga.
He is currently in the midst of his most productive campaign in Germany having hit ten goals and provided nine assists in all competitions.
Despite not quite having the goalscoring ability of Martial yet, with the Jamaican having scored 0.24 goals per game for Leverkusen compared to the Frenchman’s 0.3 for United, he has been in far better form throughout 2020/21.
According to WhoScored, Bailey has been averaging 2.3 shots per game, 1.5 key passes, 2.2 dribbles. He also keeps the ball extremely well, being dispossessed on average just once every game.
These numbers far outweigh Martial. The winger, signed from AS Monaco, averages just 1.9 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game, whilst he’s been relinquishing possession at a rate 1.7 times per game.
With Bailey two years Martial’s junior, his numbers are surely set to improve even more as he finds greater consistency. Even Bayer boss Peter Bosz has seen Bailey’s improvement, stating that he is “getting better with every game”.
Another benefit of the switch would also see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Red Devils potentially earn some cash.
Despite Martial earning plenty of praise in the Manchester derby win, Bailey remains a far more promising prospect and should certainly be a transfer target for the Red Devils this summer.