Tahith Chong returned to action for Werder Bremen last weekend after an enforced break.
He had been previously been instructed to quarantine after coming into contact with a teammate who had tested positive for Covid.
Chong’s season has been very stop-start so far. While he has impressed in friendly games and scored in a German cup game, he has little to show in the Bundesliga so far.
Prior to last weekend he had just one start and three substitute appearances, with no goals or assists in these games.
He made his second league start last weekend, and did not make a big impact in the 1-1 draw.
Werder’s social media account made a big deal of Chong registering the top speed in the game.
That’s notable of course, but it did not translate into him making a difference in the 1-1 draw.
Chong was substituted after 62 minutes of the fixture. His one shot at goal had landed off target, and he completed only 60 per cent of his passes.
It was an erratic display, with two successful dribbles made, and no chances created.
For Chong, it was good just to get back to action. The previous week he had played only three minutes as a substitute and that was his first game since October 3.
What he needs is a run of games, but it remains to be seen whether he did enough to get a start this weekend against Koln.
Chong’s task this season is to learn, and come back to Manchester United as a better player. There is a lot of football left to be played, and the next international break is hopefully the last interruption for Chong.
He’s a talent, there’s no doubt, but United and Werder Bremen are both looking for a little more from him than he is currently showing.
There’s no rush, but between now and May, Chong needs to find a way to step his performances up a notch.
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