Tahith Chong has made a decent impression on loan at Club Brugge with three assists in five league games.
The problem for Chong is that he only joined at the end of January and his time in Belgium is limited, having spent the first half of the campaign on an unproductive loan in Germany with Werder Bremen.
Chong has more starts in all competitions already for Brugge (6) that he managed for Bremen (5).
The Manchester United loanee is appreciative of the fact he could need more time at Brugge to really kick on, having finally found a club where he can start regularly.
Chong is also enthused about playing alongside prolific Dutch striker Bas Dost, who signed for Club Brugge a few weeks before he did.
Bas Dost has 197 club career goals and has struck 7 in 10 already for Club Brugge. Chong believes more time with him can work to his benefit.
Chong was quoted by The Mirror: “I now have to add the end product to my game. More goals, more assists. That will come once I get to know the players a bit better. Knowing that Bas [Dost] will do this, that Ruud [Vormer] will be there, things like that.
“Staying here for another year could give me stability, but that’s for later. As far as I know, there is no option in the agreement, we will have to discuss that with Manchester United later.
“I have to get used to the rhythm: playing five, six games in a row… I never did that before.”
What do United have to lose by extending loan?
Chong has made some decent progress in Belgium but he will not be ready to make an impact at Manchester United upon his return this summer.
United are left with two options, either to sell him, or loan him out again.
Chong would not fetch a high fee, probably somewhere between £5-10 million. If United are desperate for the money, then this might be attractive.
Otherwise, another loan at Club Brugge should work out well. Chong will get more game time, increasing his value, and developing his game.
If United choose to sell, ultimately, in summer of 2022, he will attract more interest – or he might finally be ready to return to United and stake a claim for a first team spot.
Perhaps Chong will never fulfil his potential at United, but there’s a case to give it one more year and put him in the best position to succeed, at a club where he is currently happy.
Playing alongside a prolific forward like Bas Dost can only help him too.
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