Tahith Chong enjoyed a successful loan debut for Birmingham City at the weekend.
The Dutch youngster had Birmingham fans raving about him after being awarded man of the match for his impressive performance.
Manchester United will be delighted with Chong’s successful start, after mixed spells out on loan for Werder Bremen and Club Brugge last season.
Chong featured for 78 minutes as Birmingham beat Sheffield United 1-0 away from home.
His start out on loan caught the attention of United teammate Jesse Lingard, who had a spell out at Birmingham himself back during the 2013/14 season.
Lingard sent a message to Chong telling him he is in good hands with the Birmingham support.
Lingard famously scored four goals on his Birmingham loan debut in a 4-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday. It was a spell which ignited his Manchester United career.
Chong has lost a lot of momentum at United after a promising start in the academy, but there is clearly a very talented player there, whether he ends up at Old Trafford long-term or not.
Chong played as part of a central midfield three, rather than out as a winger. The role seemed to suit him.
Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer explained to the club website: “He is a young lad, sometimes people question young lads that come from big clubs when they drop down into the Championship or League One.
“People question their attitude but I have to say from day one he came through the door he has been excellent in possession and out of possession. I knew he would bring us something a little bit different.
“Again it was a gamble because I asked him to play in midfield and if they overpowered us in midfield, Gardner was a bit higher, Woods was lower so I had to trust him on the defensive side and I have seen enough of him to do be able to do that.
“When he made that run towards the end, 50 yards tracking someone, tracking someone sprinting back to help the team out – that will do for me. I am delighted with him.”
Chong’s energetic game could be a good match for the Championship and he has plenty of experience playing in England for United’s academy sides.
He seems up for this challenge and he has done the first part, winning over his new boss, and supporters. Now all eyes will be on Chong to see if he can keep it up.
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