Angry Villa fans raise Twitter on Bailey’s recall | Sports

REGGAE BOY Leon Bailey is the latest Jamaican player to be subjected to controversy between club and country, with supporters of his Premier League club, Aston Villa, expressing their anger and fear that the international will be called up.

The 24-year-old Bailey, who signed with Villa from German club Bayer Leverkusen in the summer for £24m, has been restricted to just five of his side’s Premier League (EPL) matches this season due to an injury sustained. Nursing since the CONCACAF Gold Cup earlier this year.

The injury also forced the Jamaican to miss the first five World Cup qualifiers. However, Bailey appears to be back in full fitness, 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 to pick Jamaica and was named to the 24-man Reggae Boyz to face El Salvador in San Salvador on Friday and the United States in Kingston on November 16.

However, Villa fans, who consider Bailey a key component of their squad, expressed their frustration and concern on Twitter at his being called up in Jamaica this time around, given his injury-sensitive situation.

“Please don’t get hurt,” said a fan, Clifford Stewart, as it was announced that the player would be away from international assignments.

Catrinavfc wrote: “He’s going to get hurt, right,” while LionsVilla shared “Welp!! This is his painful comeback.”

Others insist the international break is causing too many problems for clubs and have referred to the current international calendar as a “joke”.

“Dreadful news,” Spratzer commented, while Tim52188516 said, “Internationals are causing real problems. There aren’t usually that many. It’s the last thing we need just as he (Billy) is back almost to full fitness.”

Kelly McNicolas, has also argued that international breaks are detrimental to clubs’ performance in their competitions.

“A lot of (international players) can’t build up the momentum for teams,” he noted.

Pagan__13 added: “Internationals are becoming a joke,” and AV1874 went further, calling international matches “an absolute joke.”

In just a handful of Premier League matches, Bailey has shown why he is an exciting opportunity and a key figure at Villa, having scored once and provided assists in his five matches.

Villa coach Dean Smith was sacked after the team’s last game, which they lost 1-0 to Southampton on Friday. The team also tasted defeat in its last five matches.

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