Tahith Chong’s role at Manchester United remains unclear this season and right now all options are in play.
Dutch website Voetball International report both PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord have approached United over a loan deal.
The Eredivisie deadline is on September 2.
The Mirror claim Chong has actually rejected the chance to leave, quoting his agent Erkan Alkan.
He said: “Tahith does not want to be loaned, but to fight for his chance at Manchester United.”
Good on him. Chong is close, not close enough as he would like, but further forward in United’s plans than a year ago.
Last season he made three appearances from the bench totalling 37 minutes.
This time around Chong has not yet made United’s matchday squad over he first two games, but opportunities are on the horizon.
He featured in pre-season, notably winning a penalty against Leeds after quick interplay with Angel Gomes.
There will be chances for him this season, in the Europa League, and he has already played for United’s under-21s in the EFL Trophy, which is a new challenge facing competitive lower league teams.
New signing Dan James started on the right wing for United against Wolves, but he too is a work in progress. The door is wide open for Chong.
Feyenoord and PSV both offered tempting destinations for the Dutchman, as he could have raised his international profile back home.
He would have been more assured of first team chances than he is at United.
If he had told United he wanted to take the chance, it would have been a difficult choice, as with Andreas Pereira a couple of years ago when he left for Valencia.
Chong’s decision could be a very smart move.
United did not sign a winger in the summer and the squad is crying out for more talented attackers.
He has a few months now until the next transfer window to state his case and grab his chance.
Chong is backing himself, and hopefully its the right call.
Opportunities to head out on loan will be there in the future, perhaps as soon as January if he doesn’t succeed over the next few months.
He clearly wants to be a success at United, and that attitude should be embraced. Hopefully he can make it work and grab his chance.
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