People from Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United will be watching Leon Bailey on Thursday night as they assess a summer move for the Bayer Leverkusen winger. The 23-year-old is expected to line up on Thursday against Slavia Prague in their Europa League tie with Inter Milan and Paris St Germain also monitoring his performance. Due to covid guidelines, there is restricted access to the BayArena but scouts will maintain a keen eye on Bailey. Bailey has been the biggest contributor to Leverkusen’s positive start to this season. They qualified from their Europa League group with a game to spare and are second in the Bundesliga, just one point behind champions Bayern Munich. Bailey has taken on extra responsibility of turning playmaker following the departure of Kai Havertz, who joined Chelsea in the summer, and has earned the praise of coach Peter Bosz who said: ‘He gets better with every game not just physically but also in terms of his football’. A string of eye catching performances have produced five goals and six assists so far. Indeed, the displays have underlined where Bailey’s focus lies on the back of an inauspicious start to the season which was delayed when he was forced to quarantine after attending sprinter Usain Bolt’s birthday party in Jamaica along with his friend Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling. Bailey has since shown greater maturity, which has been aided by the birth of his second child, and has concentrated on rekindling the kind of form that prompted interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Bayern Munich in his formative years. Questions raised over his character and image have been answered as he grows in his role under Bosz and that has re-ignited attention Europe’s elite clubs once again. Newly-promoted Leeds United had an offer rejected in the last transfer window with Leverkusen refusing to budge on their £36million valuation and not needing to cash in following the £71m sale of Havertz. In fact, Bailey’s displays so far could see Leverkusen increase their valuation further which could potentially prove an obstacle for suitors. With the Bundesliga side already qualified, Bosz may yet opt to save Bailey from the starting line-up tomorrow but that won’t deter clubs from maintaining a watchful eye on his progress. Bailey has three years left on contract but has made it clear he wishes to test himself in the Premier League. The Kingston-born player was eligible to play for England as two of his grandparents hold British passports but ultimately opted to play for Jamaica, making his debut against Honduras in 2019.