Manchester United have agreed to let Tahith Chong join Bundesliga side Werder Bremen on loan for the 2020/21 season, according to several reports.
The 21 year old Dutch winger has featured briefly in the first team over the course of the 2019/20 season, making a total of 12 appearances and racking up two assists in just 280 minutes of action.
A direct runner, capable of playing on either wing effectively, Chong has shown ability in spurts but many Manchester United fans have been in agreement that he’s not quite ready to make an impact on the first team yet. After watching Angel Gomes leave the club due to a lack of opportunities, while James Garner and Dylan Levitt have been touted to go out to the Championship next season on loans, it seems the club have taken the decision to ensure Chong plays regularly next year.
According to several reports from Germany, the two clubs have agreed a season-long loan deal where the Old Trafford side will pay the majority of the player’s wages during his spell away. With three years still to run on his contract, Chong will have the chance to flourish in a league known for young attackers and then return to the club with enough time to earn himself a new contract.
With minutes in the Bundesliga, the football world has seen youngsters like Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic, Dayot Upamecano, TImo Werner, Reiss Nelson and even Ademola Lookman enjoy excellent seasons where the development of their character and performances have gained glowing reviews.
Chong has the abilities to do something similar, with his dribbling ability and directness perfectly suited to the Bundesliga. Physicality, or a lack of, has been his issue in England thus far and with Germany not as physical he will get the chance to flourish against the high-lines that seem to litter the top German division.
It’s a smart move by United too. They’ve been criticised in recent years for not using the loan system enough, with top youth products struggling for regular minutes and being forced to play U23 football or wait for first-team opportunities in cup competitions. Axel Tuanzebe and Dean Henderson though have shown the club that these loan deals could be the perfect solution for the current generation they have and it’s time for Chong to make the most of this new opportunity.