It was reported by the Daily Mail ahead of Thursday’s Europa League fixtures that Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Everton planned to send scouts to watch Leon Bailey.
Bailey has been outstanding for Bayer Leverkusen this season. He scored five goals in November in all competitions. And it appeared that he was attracting a lot of attention.
The Mail suggested that Spurs, Arsenal and the Toffees were amongst those set to send a scout for Leverkusen’s clash with Slavia Prague.
It was claimed that the £36 million-rated international was on their radar ahead of next summer.
And it appears that the trio’s trip was not wasted. Bailey scored the opening goal as the Bundesliga side secured the win that wrapped up top spot in their group.
The 23-year-old made a clever run to the back post to get on the end of Karim Bellarabi’s cross after eight minutes.
He got his second shortly after the half-hour mark before being replaced at the break.
If it is indeed true that the likes of Spurs and Arsenal had representatives at the game, it is an incredibly encouraging sign for them to see Bailey step up and make such an impact.
It is perhaps an indication that he is a player who will raise his game on the bigger occasion.
And while his current form is likely to result in his asking price only going up, it is the game-changing performances that are surely going to tempt his Premier League admirers to confirm their interest with bids.