Jude Bellingham reacts to Tahith Chong scoring first senior goal in English football
Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong scored his first goal in English football in Birmingham City’s 2-1 win against Bristol City.
The 22-year-old opened the scoring inside two minutes at Ashton Gate to give the St Andrew’s side a dream start.
The ball fell perfectly into the Dutchman’s path down the left-hand side following a clearance from a Birmingham defender.
After a clever first touch took him into the opposition’s penalty area, Chong showed great composure to spin his man and calmly place the ball into the far corner with his weaker right foot.
Chong was starting for the Blues’ first team following a four-month absence and there was an analysis of the Manchester United loanee’s goalscoring performance during the post-match press conference by his manager Lee Bowyer.
Bowyer said: “He is very good at twisting and turning, he is tricky. When he is fully fit then he is even more exciting to watch.
“If that is the first time you have seen him then you are unlucky because he is better than what you have just seen.
“He has been out a long time, so I am pleased he is back and playing and, obviously, he scored his first goal. He was a big player for us and to not have him for four months is a long time.
“We have definitely missed him for sure.”
It was only Chong’s second first team appearance since October after marking his return last weekend with a 24-minute cameo against Huddersfield Town.
The following day Birmingham’s number seven scored in a under-23s game as he built up his match fitness.
Following his goalscoring exploits, Chong shared his delight with an ‘I’m back’ post on Instagram which drew a response from Manchester United transfer target and former Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham.
Bowyer also stated that fellow Manchester United loanee Teden Mengi will return to Birmingham training on Monday.