Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer has admitted to Birmingham Live that he feels that Tahith Chong still has a future with Manchester United after being loaned to the Blues.
The 21-year-old winger joined up with the Midlands side over the summer on a season long loan and has already been a standout performer in a blue shirt after racking up two assists in his opening five games.
A Dutch youth international, Chong has so far struggled to make his mark at Manchester United since joining the club back in 2016 from Feyenoord and has only been granted 16 first team appearances by the Red Devils so far, either side of taking in other loan spells with the likes of Werder Bremen and Club Brugge.
However despite his lack of senior action at Old Trafford, Bowyer has backed the attacker to be a big success in the years to come:
“To come from Manchester United and to have the attitude he has, and work the way he works, he is a credit to their football club.
“I have told them that already, to produce someone with that talent who works that hard for the team.
“There are other players that have talent, but they are luxury players. He ran 60 yards, sprinted past someone to catch up – I like that more. If you have that talent and still do that, you have every chance of making it at the top.”
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Chong is now into the final year of his contract with the Premier League club and will undoubtedly be looking to use his time at Birmingham to show Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he is worthy of a new deal at Old Trafford.
For now though the youngster will be looking forward to his loan side’s upcoming home clash against Fulham on Wednesday night.
Chong has been a breath of fresh air for Birmingham City so far and he is completely deserving of all of the plaudits that have been coming his way.
He brings something different to their attacks and always looks like he can score or assist every time he brings the ball forwards.
Bowyer is keeping him grounded but at the same time it is refreshing to see the manager wishing him well for his future endeavours when he does eventually leave the Blues next year.
If he can keep his performances to a high level, surely a new contract at Old Trafford will be just around the corner for the exciting young winger.