When a youngster begins to impress in one of Europe’s leagues, it’s never a surprise to see Manchester United’s name attached to them. The club’s extensive scouting network often means that they’re able to poach talent from a young age and help to develop players before bringing them into the first team. United’s tradition of developing youth has made them a prestigious and attractive option for young players on the continent.
Genk’s Leon Bailey can be added to that list. The Jamaican, who also qualifies for the Belgium national team had some choice words about any future career at Old Trafford when speaking to HLN Sports recently:
“I’ve always dreamt of the Premier League. But if, let’s say, Man United can’t guarantee me minutes, I will stay at Genk. The important thing is that in the near future there a lot of games to come. This is essential for me because I have to take more steps. I’ve already made a lot of progress.
“When I go, where I go? That is a matter for my management. From the moment that there is something concrete, we’ll sit down at the table.” Quote translated by Skysports.
Bailey doesn’t necessarily outright suggest that United are in for him, or have an interest in securing his signature, but the use of the club’s name to make an example is certainly intriguing.
Bailey Searching For Pastures New?
His words about wanting to secure first team football do, however, suggest that a transfer won’t be a foregone conclusion if United register their intent to sign him. The club already has several young and talented youngsters competing for places. Both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial made their breakthroughs last season and are frequently involved in Jose Mourinho’s plans. Jesse Lingard also remains in the squad on a regular basis; Bailey faces limited opportunities at first.
From United’s perspective, Rashford and Martial are worth building a team around in their own right despite the fact that they’ve both struggled to adapt to Mourinho’s plans since the Portuguese took charge of the club. Adding another talented youngster into the equation could cause issues for the players that United already have.
Whilst United should retain an interest in Bailey, they mustn’t forget the players already on their books.