There are two Bundesliga wonder-kids who both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been keeping a very close eye on in recent times.
ESPN reported that the Premier League duo are tracking Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic. And the Mirror reports that Spurs are watching Leverkusen’s Jamaican speedster Leon Bailey, while Liverpool are also keeping tabs.
However, if one of the two was to move to England come the end of the season, it is difficult to argue against the opinion that Bailey would be a far better addition as things stand. And not just because his remarkable statistics leave Pulisic choking on his dust.
20-year-old Bailey has recovered from a slow start to life in Germany following his move from Genk a year ago to hit eight goals and five assists in 14 Bundesliga starts this season. Most of those goals have been nothing short of spectacular; see his ingenuous backheel against Hoffenheim and the whipped wonder-goal against Mainz.
Pulisic, meanwhile, has not been quite as productive for Dortmund. The American sensation has more to his game than goals but a tally of three (and three assists) pales in comparison to Bailey’s ever-improving end-product.
Furthermore, German publication Sport 1 reported recently that Die Schwarzgelben would accept nothing less than £88 million for a player who, at just 19, is already perhaps the greatest in US football history.
Sport Bild, however, claim that Bailey could be far cheaper. Despite Leverkusen’s managing director insisting that he could one day command a nine-figure transfer fee, it is understood that the club may consider cashing in for £44.1 million in the summer.
With more goals and assists, and available for half the price, Tottenham and Liverpool should put all their energies into Bailey.