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.
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.
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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