Man United face ‘stiff competition’ for ‘raw’ Genk ace – report

Date published: Friday 7th October 2016 11:26

Leon Bailey: Catching the eye at Genk

Man United will reportedly have to fight Dutch giants Ajax if the Red Devils make a January move for exciting Genk winger Leon Bailey.

According to the Manchester Evening News, United scouts have recently taken a closer look at the 19-year-old Jamaican who has scored five goals in 10 games in the Belgian First Division and beennominated for the Golden Boy award.

Jose Mourinho tried and failed to sign the wide man when he was Chelsea manager and has asked his scouting team to monitor Bailey’s progress once again. However, it is believed that Ajax are ready to pounce early when the transfer window re-opens.

Former Genk manager Alex McLeish has revealed that Bailey certainly caught the eye whilst he was in charge of the Belgian outfit and is of the belief that he will not have to wait too long to take the next step in his promising career.

“I went to see them in Cork and I think he’s got raw edges as well but he’s going to improve,” he told M.E.N Sport. “Kids need to be allowed to make mistakes. They have to be able to evolve.

“This boy in the Cork game, every time he got the ball, you got excited. He’s not got a long way to go and he’s definitely a boy that will interest clubs because of his skill and speed.

“But you could see his finishing was something that could be dusted up. He got into some really good positions in the Cork game and he was just never able to finish them off.

“There wasn’t that maturity in terms of his finishing but that’s something that will come with practice. Young boys with his confidence work hard on these things. I thought it wouldn’t be long for him.”

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