REGGAE BOY Leon Bailey is the latest Jamaican player to come under the club-against-country controversy, with supporters of his English Premier League club Aston Villa expressing their anger and fear at the player’s international call.
Bailey, 24, who signed for Villa from German club Bayer Leverkusen this summer for £ 24million, has been limited to just five games for his side in the English Premier League (EPL) this season due to an injury he he suffered. breastfeeding since the Concacaf Gold Cup earlier this year.
The injury also forced the Jamaican to miss his country’s first five World Cup qualifiers. However, Bailey appears to be getting back into great shape, with back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this season.
Also for the first time since qualifying began, he is considered fit enough for the Jamaican side and has been named to a 24-player Reggae Boyz squad to face El Salvador in San Salvador on Friday and the United States in Kingston. November 16.
However, Villa fans, who view Bailey as a key asset to their team, expressed frustration and concern on Twitter during his call to Jamaica this time around, given his delicate injury situation.
“Please don’t hurt yourself,” said fan Clifford Stewart as it was announced the player would be absent for international duties.
Catrinavfc wrote: “He’s going to get hurt, isn’t he”, while LionsVilla shared “Welp !! he’s the one coming back injured.
Others insist the international break is causing too many problems for clubs and have called the current international schedule a “joke”.
“Terrible news,” commented Spratzer, ”while Tim52188516 said:“ The internationals cause real problems. There are normally not that many. This is the last thing we need, because he (Bailey) is almost back in great shape.
Kelly McNicholas, also argued that international breaks hurt the performance of clubs in their respective competitions.
“Too many (internationals) to gain momentum for the teams,” he said.
Pagan__13 added, “Internationals become a joke”, and AV1874 went further, describing international meetings as “an absolute joke”.
In just a handful of Premier League appearances, Bailey has shown why he is such an exciting prospect and a key figure for Villa, having scored once and provided two assists in his five matches.
Villa manager Dean Smith was sacked after the team’s last game, a 1-0 loss to Southampton on Friday. The team have also tasted defeat in their last five outings.