As Tottenham Hotspur’s irritating week continued, the north London outfit caught a glimpse of what may’ve been as former switch goal Leon Bailey introduced his arrival within the Premier League.
What was the phrase?
Again in March, journalist Jonathan Shrager claimed that Spurs had held talks with the then-Bayer Leverkusen winger through the winter switch window, however evidently it’s a transfer which didn’t come to fruition.
It wasn’t the primary time that the Lilywhites had been linked with the Jamaican worldwide, as Sky Sports activities first reported their curiosity again in September 2020.
The 24-year-old attacker went onto signal for Aston Villa in a £30m deal through the summer time, changing into one of many a number of gamers that Dean Smith has tapped as much as fill the void left behind by Jack Grealish.
Ought to Spurs have signed Leon Bailey?
One which bought away?
Bailey impressed the Villans to victory over Everton on the weekend, together with his 21-minute cameo being described as ‘gorgeous’ by Sky Sports activities.
After a goalless first half, the Midlands aspect appeared rampant in assault following the introduction of the 5 foot 10 dynamo. Matty Money bagged his first aim for the membership earlier than, three minutes later, Bailey’s nook kick was glanced into his personal internet by Toffees left-back Lucas Digne. He then bought on the scoresheet himself as he latched onto Danny Ings’ perfectly-timed by ball.
It was only a small style of what Bailey can supply within the Premier League, and given Nuno Santo’s inventive struggles, he’s somebody that Spurs may have completed with towards Chelsea on Sunday once they had been overwhelmed 3-0 for a second successive league recreation.
As revealed by The Athletic, Spurs sit backside of the Premier League for anticipated targets this season, recording a complete of simply 4.42, which is worse than all the backside three presently occupying the relegation zone.
That’s somewhat damning contemplating that Nuno has each Heung-min Son and Harry Kane at his disposal.
They’ve additionally recorded the second-fewest pictures at aim (46) and have solely created two huge possibilities throughout their 5 league video games thus far.
Bailey, who contributed a whopping 15 targets and 11 assists for Leverkusen final time period, would have been an excellent signing, particularly given his capability to play anyplace throughout the entrance three and his noteworthy tempo.
His common of 1.6 key passes per recreation in 2020/21 is greater than any member of the present Spurs squad, which solely reinforces why Spurs might really feel gutted to have missed out on the £31.5m-rated star’s signature prior to now.
As soon as lauded for his lightning tempo and described as an “distinctive” expertise with no weaknesses by former Ajax youth coach Ronald de Boer, the north London outfit might really feel this one sting for a short time as Nuno tries to unravel such a serious drawback.
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