A first Bundesliga assist on Sunday, then a first Bundesliga goal on Friday. It has been a week to remember for Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey.
The Jamaican arrived at Leverkusen with great expectations as a 19-year-old from Genk in Belgium, but the winger never quite got going last season. However, the man who counts the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt amongst his friends has raced out of the blocks in 2017/18.
In combination with new signing Lucas Alario and Kevin Volland, the now 20-year-old provided two assists to his striker partners in the 3-0 win over Hamburg on Matchday 6. They were his first in the Bundesliga, and now he has gone one better to score his maiden Bundesliga goal to secure Die Werkself their first away point of the season in the 1-1 draw at Schalke.
His first goal came with his 13th attempt on his 13th top-flight appearance, and after the game the Jamaican was thrilled to finally break his duck in Germany.
Watch: Bailey's joy at scoring his first Bundesliga goal
“It feels great to score my first Bundesliga goal in such a great atmosphere here at Schalke. It was a great feeling, and I have to thank my coach for believing in me. The same goes to my teammates and of course the Leverkusen fans. It’s very special to score my first goal. I will enjoy it as much as I can and look forward to our upcoming games.”
Bailey is yet to win a senior cap for Jamaica, but these performances will not have gone unnoticed back in the Caribbean with a friendly for the Reggae Boyz against Saudi Arabia coming up shortly.