Tahith Chong’s loan spell at Werder Bremen was a disappointment. It happens, move on.

Going on loan can be a risk. Sometimes the player does not adapt, the manager is not convinced, or they just don’t perform. With Chong, it was a mixture of all three in the Bundesliga.

So United wrote it off, and sent him on loan to Belgian league leaders Club Brugge. It was a wise decision, and looked to immediately pay off.

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The 21-year-old scored on his debut and then provided an assist in his next game.

Two more assists in the next four games suggested Chong was beginning to build up some momentum. And then it stopped.

Benched

Chong has struggled to establish a starting role for Brugge over the past few weeks.

Against Anderlecht a fortnight ago he was left on the bench and came on to play just the final nine minutes.

This past weekend despite Brugge losing to Anderlecht 2-1, he was an unused substitute in the 4-2 win over Mouscron.

Chong has seemingly lost the faith of his current boss Philippe Clement, who feels he has better options at present.

 

Now he has to try and win Clement over, but it won’t be easy if he is not getting on the pitch.

There have been some positives to this loan spell for Chong. He has played more regular football than he has done in his career so far.

He has already played 13 more league minutes in Belgium than he did in the Bundesliga, and should rack up several more.

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What next for Chong?

When it comes to making it at United, the young winger has not done enough to suggest he can challenge for a first team spot.

Chong is not well rounded enough as a player just yet to be good enough for United, and the club may consider offers for him this summer.

Chong’s preference might be to go out on loan again. He is under contract until June 2022, and United have an option to extend this to 2023.

A good end to the season will leave him in a stronger position, in terms of confidence, and to negotiate his next move.

He may get the chance to try and impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in pre-season, but ultimately it is hard to see where he fits in. An exit, loan or permanent, is most likely.

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