In the lead up to Manchester United’s fixture against LASK, Tahith Chong was linked with a loan move to Werder Bremen.
German newspaper the Weser Kurier reported Chong is a top target for Bremen as they look to replace outgoing attacker Milot Rashica.
Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann told the newspaper: “Borrowing guys from top clubs like this can make sense to us. Because of our situation, he’s a player who could be interesting.”
Chong was not in United’s starting line up against LASK last night. This was a blow for him, and underlined that to play regular football, Chong needs a loan move.
This season Chong played only 34 minutes in the Premier League, and 0 after lockdown. He can still make it at United, but he will need to go out on loan to get experience.
Chong signed a new contract earlier this year, extending his deal at the club up until 2023.
He did look bright coming off the bench, and may have given Solskjaer something to think about. But if this is his final involvement in the Europa League this season, then this taste of first team action will strengthen his desire to go out on loan.
Bundesliga an ideal league for development
Chong needs to go and play regularly, pick up experience and confidence ahead of a renewed push at United in 2021/22.
He need only look towards Jadon Sancho as an inspiration, who left Manchester City behind to go and play regularly. He has developed at Borussia Dortmund as a superstar.
Jude Bellingham also chose the same path, while Rabbi Matondo is another player to leave England to play for Schalke.
United will likely get a variety of offers for Chong, from the Championship, and other foreign leagues.
It is important to make the right choice. Bremen’s interest in Chong feels like a good one. They play with a 4-3-3 formation, not too dissimilar to the system Solskjaer uses at United.
Chong featured at left-back after coming off the bench. This might even turn out to be his best position, but it will take a whole season somewhere to find out.
In their team at present they have former Tottenham prospect Milos Veljkovic, ex-Everton attacker Davy Klaassen, and former Liverpool loanee Nuri Sahin.
Chong could feel at home amid this array of ex-Premier League players, including fellow Dutchman Klaassen.
The winger will get a say too in where he ends up, and according to his agent, he appears keen.
His advisor, Erkan Alkan, told BILD: “Tahith would like to join the Bundesliga. We’ll talk to Man United about it on Thursday.”
Considering his lack of opportunities at United, he should jump at this chance if it is formalised.
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