Chelsea have sent scouts to watch promising young Genk winger Leon Bailey, according to reports.

The exciting young lad has attracted interests from Arsenal and Liverpool also as both the clubs closely watched him last season.

Bailey, 18, enjoyed a fine first season in the Belgian league last term, scoring six goals in 36 appearances and winning the Young Player of the Year award.

Less than two weeks after his arrival at Genk, Bailey was thrust into first-team action, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 defeat to Sint-Truiden in the Belgian Pro League.

Since then, Bailey has established himself as a first-team regular, featuring in virtually all of their competitive fixtures last term.

Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur claims Paris St-German and Ajax had both tabled bids this summer but Bailey has decided to remain at Genk for now.

Terreur tweeted: “According to his dad, talent Leon Bailey has decided to stay at Genk.

“PSG made a bid, Ajax offered £10m. Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester scouting him.”

The most obvious attribute that Bailey possesses is his blistering pace and that coupled with his skill and confidence on the ball makes him an extremely dangerous proposition for opposing full-backs.

He is extremely direct on the ball, but crucially for one his age he has shown intelligence and a strong awareness of those around him – shown by his ten assists last season.

Although his finishing could do with improving, Bailey has proven to be a real threat when cutting in from the right flank to have a shot on goal on his favoured left foot.

The Jamaican’s versatility is also a bonus; he can operate on either flank as well as playing as a central striker. With some fine tuning, there is no reason why he can’t be effective playing as a No.10.



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