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Leverkusen chief Rudi Völler wants to see more from Leon Bailey

By Rune Gjerulff

Bayer Leverkusen chief Rudi Völler says he wants to see more from Leon Bailey.

Leon Bailey.
Leon Bailey.Photo: Дмитрий Пукалик/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0

Bayer Leverkusen managing director Rudi Völler has called for Leon Bailey to become more consistent in his performances.

Bailey caught the eye of Europe's top clubs with his performances in the 2017/18 season, which saw him rack up 12 goals and six assists in 34 appearances for 'Die Werkself'. But the 23-year-old has since fallen down the pecking order after he has struggled to reproduce his best form.

While Leverkusen don't seem to have lost patience with Bailey yet, club chief Rudi Völler admits that the 23-year-old has to show more if he wants to win back his starting spot.

"You can see that he's blessed with quality, but he has lacked continuity. It's also clear that he has to do a bit more," Völler told Kicker.

Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes believes the 23-year-old isn't playing with the same carefree attitude that he displayed after his arrival from KRC Genk in January 2017.

"You get the feeling with him that he wants to force things. He doesn't seem to be playing with the same looseness, freedom and intuitive as in his first season," said Rolfes.

Bailey has been touted for a move to England this summer, with Tottenham and Everton understood to be interested in his signature.

According to Kicker, however, Everton aren't an option for the winger, who would only consider joining a top club.

The 23-year-old scored seven goals and made three assists in 33 games for Leverkusen in the 2019/20 season. His contract with the Bundesliga side expires in 2023.

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