Despite high hopes, we have not had too much positive news to report on Tahith Chong’s loan at Werder Bremen of late.

Chong has made only three Bundesliga starts all season and in his most recent one, he gave away a penalty in a 2-1 home defeat to Stuttgart.

However there is reason to be positive about the Manchester United loanee, and it comes from Werder themselves.

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Clemen Fritz, head of professional football and scouting, told Weser-Courier: “He’s a young player. We should give him a little time.

“He is dangerous because of his speed and his one-on-one behaviour, which is incredibly valuable to us. We see a development there [defensively]. It’s going in the right direction.”

If Werder are seeing positives in Chong then that is good to know. As Fritz states, it is early in the season and he could yet kick on.

An injury to Milot Rashica which keeps him out until the end of January should continue to give Chong opportunities. It was this which led to the Dutchman getting a start last weekend.


Fritz was coy on whether Werder had held talks to extend Chong’s loan, saying: “It’s too early for that.”

It’s important that he did not rule it out. An extra year may be in the interests of Werder, United, and Chong, in order to better assess him and give him time to develop.

As it stands if Chong returned to United tomorrow, he would be in the same position as when he left, failing to make the matchday squads most weeks.

He needs to make his loan count. He could try another at a different club next season, perhaps in the Premier League, but for now Chong’s full focus must be seizing the opporutnity which he has.

The comments from Werder is at least encouraging and should give him some confidence to kick on and start showing what he is capable of.

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