Lee Bowyer praises 'outstanding' Manchester United loanee Teden Mengi

Manchester United loanee Teden Mengi has received high praise from Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer.

The 19-year-old started his fourth successive game since joining the Blues on loan until the end of the season, earlier this month.

The centre-back managed to clinch his first win for the Championship side as they beat basement side Barnsley 2-1 at St Andrew’s.

No player from either side won more tackles (3) than the United youngster, according to WhoScored.

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Alongside 41 touches and winning six duels, United’s academy graduate made three tackles, two interceptions and four clearances, as well as blocking one shot.

After starting four games in a row, Mengi has already managed to surpass his previous best run in a side at senior level, which came at Wayne Rooney’s Derby County last season when he started three games in a row.

Bowyer’s side bounced back after their midweek hammering against runaway leaders Fulham.

Less than a month at Birmingham and Teden Mengi had already impressed the Birmingham faithful, but now his boss Lee Bowyer has given him a glowing review about his start at the club.

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Bowyer was asked whether the Blues would be interested in re-signing Wolves centre-back Dion Sanderson, who spent the first half of the season on loan at the club, in the January window.

But the 45-year-old was quick to state that Teden Mengi had already replaced the Wolves youngster.

Speaking via BirminghamLive, Bowyer said: “We have replaced him with Teds and I think Teds is doing outstanding.

“Again today he didn’t put a foot wrong, did you see him sprint maybe 80 yards to get back from a set-piece and caught them up.”

BirminghamLive gave the youngster a rating of 7.5 for his performance and stated: “Showed pace and strength to keep Barnsley at bay when the game broke up. Caught under the ball once but his speed in recovery is top notch.”

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