Tahith Chong has enjoyed a successful pre-season at Werder Bremen. He scored two more goals at the weekend in another friendly win.
This adds to a goal he netted the previous weekend, and an assist shortly before that.
The young winger has appeared already to win the battle to become a regular starter for the German side.
This is exactly what Chong wanted, and what he needed.
Last summer Chong had limited impact in pre-season, and had to wait a month into the campaign to get his first start.
When it came against Astana he looked nervous and indecisive, especially in comparison to teammate Mason Greenwood, who was clinical and scored the winner.
A year older and wiser, Chong no longer has the distraction of his future hanging over him, after signing a new contract extension earlier this year.
He has two first team assists for Manchester United, setting up goals against Club Brugge and LASK in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Now he is on loan at Werder Bremen, a club which helped develop both Kevin de Bruyne, Serge Gnabry and Mesut Ozil earlier in their careers.
He has got a chance
Pre-season promise for Werder is no guarantee that Chong will be able to deliver when the Bundesliga season starts.
But it does give him a better chance, as he has locked down his place in the side, he is showing his value, and his own confidence is rising.
Chong should be looking ahead to the season in Germany targeting either 10 goals or 10 assists. Both would probably be unrealistic, but if he can hit double figures in one category, his season would be a big success.
There could be international hope for Chong too if his season goes well.
In a best case scenario, he would light up the Bundesliga, and then earn his way into the Netherlands squad for Euro 2021 alongside Donny van de Beek.
He would then be in a fantastic position to come back to Manchester United in 2021 and shine as a first team star.
Chong was previously touted as a wonderkid, even prior to the ACL tear he suffered in his first season in United’s academy.
This season the 20-year-old has the perfect platform to show why he has been so highly rated from a young age.
The stage is set for him to shine, and the early signs are very encouraging.
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