Birmingham City have moved swiftly to replace the outgoing Dion Sanderson by bringing in Manchester United youngster Teden Mengi.
The Blues were delivered a hammer-blow this week as news emerged from Wolverhampton Wanderers that versatile defender Sanderson was going to be recalled by the Premier League side to become a part of their first-team squad.
Sanderson has played 15 times in the Championship for Lee Bowyer’s side this season and he has been replaced by Mengi, who already has EFL experience with Derby County.
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The teenager joined Wayne Rooney’s side for the second half of the 2020-21 campaign but only played nine times owing to an injury picked up during his time at Pride Park.
After captaining United’s under-23’s team this season though, Mengi has headed back out to the Championship and is set to gain further experience at St. Andrew’s.
The 19-year-old has been capped by England at five different youth levels and is set to add some depth to the Blues’ defence with fellow centre-back and skipper Harlee Dean also on the transfer list to add to Sanderson’s departure.
Birmingham needed to act swiftly here to replace Sanderson and they’ve done just that.
And after establishing a bit of a link over the summer with the Red Devils after bringing Tahith Chong to the club, it makes sense for the Blues to head back to United for a bit of help.
Mengi has a little bit of EFL experience but he would have had more if he didn’t suffer an injury during his time at Derby.
The youngster possesses a lot of pace but he’s also very good technically and he deserves another chance to prove himself in the Championship.