According to The Telegraph, Tahith Chong is close to agreeing a move to Birmingham City.
This would be Chong’s third loan move away from Manchester United after mixed spells at Werder Bremen and then Club Brugge.
While Chong ended the 2020/21 season as a league champion in Belgium, he played a peripheral role and finished the campaign on the bench.
A move to Championship side Birmingham is an interesting move for him at this stage of his career. He was pictured back in pre-season training at United earlier this week.
Could be what he needs
Chong, 21, has not had a run of games in English football and he should get that at Birmingham, where Jesse Lingard once thrived on loan.
The Dutch winger was once thought of at United as the next big thing but has struggled to live up to his potential.
His brief first team appearances in 2019/20 saw him look nervous and erratic, while also clearly not showing his full potential.
He has slipped down the pecking order due to the subsequent arrival of Amad and Jadon Sancho, but he is not without hope.
A successful move on loan to Birmingham could set up a future loan move to the Premier League.
He has always been a strong performer for United’s academy, where he scored 14 goals in 31 under-23 appearances.
One issue which may need addressing is Chong’s contract. It is currently set to expire in June 2022.
An unforgiving league
The Championship is an unforgiving league and Chong will have to be prepared to get some knocks. He will need to show he is up to the physical and mental challenge. Birmingham finished down in 18th place last season.
He will have to win over Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer, who took Dylan Levitt on loan at Charlton last season.
This worked out poorly as Bowyer eventually preferred more experienced options, so Chong could find himself cast aside if he does not perform early on.
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