After Tahith Chong’s lively debut for Birmingham City in early August, fans have had to wait to see him in action again after a minor injury.

Chong did not disappoint on his second appearance of the season for the Blues.

The Manchester United loanee lined up in an attacking role in a 3-4-2-1 formation as one of the two supporting forwards.

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This enabled Chong to help the midfield and attack, also giving him the freedom to drift wide.

The United loanee set his stall out in the opening stages, forcing Bournemouth’s goalkeeper into a save in the first five minutes.

Chong played 86 minutes against Bournemouth in total, had more shots than any Birmingham player (3), created one chance, completed one take-on and made two tackles.

Birmingham ended up losing the game 2-0 due to two late goals in the final 13 minutes.

 

And while the disappointment at a home defeat was tough to take for Birmingham fans, their glowing reviews of Chong’s performance spoke volumes.

Starting as he means to go on

Chong had a tough spell at Werder Bremen at the start of last season and his initially promising stint at Club Brugge also fizzled out.

The Dutch youngster has begun this season like a man on a mission, scoring Manchester United’s first goal of pre-season.

His two performance for Birmingham have won rave reviews from supporters, and with fans won over, that is half the battle won.

What Chong has to do next is to make sure there is an end product to his performances in the Championship, and ensure Birmingham’s relatively decent start to the season continues; the side sat 11th prior to this game.

Bournemouth are expected to be one of the top teams in the Championship this season and there is no shame in a loss for his side. Chong helped Birmingham to a surprise away win over Sheffield United on his debut.

At the weekend another tough game against high-flying Luton awaits, with the Hatters sitting third. Chong will need to bring his A-game.

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