Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has admitted that he has turned a corner both on and off the pitch and that he is now playing the best football of his career.
Bailey’s career has stalled a somewhat over the last two years, with the winger’s development curve not being as steep as some would have thought in 2018.
However, the Jamaican international has really stepped up to the plate this season and has arguably been Leverkusen’s best player so far, having already scored 11 goals and provided 9 assists in all competitions.
Spurs were first linked with the move for the pacy wide man around two and a half years ago.
It was reported at the start of December that Tottenham were one of a number of English clubs to send scouts over to Germany to watch the winger this season.
Bailey, who is contracted to Leverkusen until 2023, has now revealed that he feels fitter and sharper than he has ever felt in his career before.
Speaking to Bundesliga’s official website, he said: “I’ve been on top form this season physically, emotionally, and mentally.
“I feel so good that I can play every game for 90 minutes and keep going.
“My body is in good shape right now and I’ve been working hard on it to stay in good shape. It’s been doing great so far and I’ve been feeling great.
“I’ve changed the way I recover, the way I eat, the way I sleep, and I changed a lot of stuff.
“I’ve really taken the time out to focus on my body this year because I really had problems with injuries last year.
“Being a professional footballer, injuries can tarnish your career and that’s something I don’t want, so I have to learn from all these mistakes and try to make them better.”
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It sounds like Bailey has come of age this season and is a lot more driven to fulfil his potential. I would not be surprised if he feels the need to take a step up in the summer after nearly five years at Leverkusen.
However, there are likely to be a lot of clubs queuing up for the 23-year-old’s signature if he becomes available and Tottenham generally do not tend to get involved in bidding wars.
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