Manchester United winger Tahith Chong must have watched the club’s deadline day activity with interest.
After all, alongside the big-name additions of Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles, United signed young wingers Amad Traore and Facundo Pellestri.
With Dan James already at Old Trafford, and Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood comfortable out wide, the wings are well stocked even if many fans want a more experienced man on the right.
Chong is currently on loan at Werder Bremen, where he has already operated on both wings and as a secondary striker.
He scored in the German Cup but is yet to get off the mark in the Bundesliga. And, after starting the first game, the United prospect has been used off the bench in both matches since.
Chong will have hoped that a successful loan spell could propel him firmly into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans next season and beyond. But now there are two new hungry wingers chomping at the bit to get started.
Pellestri can start impressing straight away. While Traore arrives in January due to work permit issues.
The latter is regarded as one of the most exciting young wide players in the game, which is why United could ultimately spend £37million on him (BBC). While big things are also expected of £9million Pellestri (BBC).
The challenge is set
The problem for Chong is that he now has a lot more competition for places than he did a few months ago.
Even then, the Dutchman barely featured for United. That is why a loan spell is so important for the 20-year-old.
It will be interesting to see how Chong takes United’s business. He could be disheartened or he could use it as motivation to prove his worth in Germany.
Chong has plenty of talent. But he has always looked frail in the Premier League and needs the strength and big-game nous to go with his trickery and pace.
The challenge is clear. United have lots of young wingers hoping to make their mark. The next few months will be interesting for all as they look to stand out in three of Europe’s top leagues.