Birmingham City are closing in on the loan signing of Manchester United centre-back Teden Mengi, as per a report from Birmingham Live.
The 19-year-old has been an integral member of the English giants’ U23s this season, captaining his side in both Premier League 2 and the Youth Europa League.
Mengi embarked on a loan spell with Derby County last season, with the young defender making nine Championship appearances.
The Blues are appearing to operate swiftly after Wolves opted to recall Dion Sanderson from his loan spell at St Andrew’s.
Here, we assess the proposed move and Birmingham edge closer to securing the signing of the teenage defender…
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Is it a good move?
It does seem to be a move that could benefit all parties involved.
Birmingham would be getting a rising star at centre-back, who already has Championship experience, whilst Mengi himself will be playing under a manager who is not afraid of giving youth a chance.
Then, this will only benefit the Red Devils, who will see Mengi return a more experienced and more rounded defender, and he will be even closer to first-team football.
Would he start?
Given the success that Sanderson has seen, and the fact they appear to be moving swiftly to try and secure a deal for the 19-year-old, Mengi would be well in contention for regular football at St Andrew’s.
Birmingham are looking to move on some of the bigger earners in the club, and it will be no surprise if that includes a centre-back.
Mengi has every chance of going on to start regularly for the Blues, but he will have to bide his time and work his way into the side first.
What does he offer?
Mengi offers a lot of desirable attributes that could make him a success at Birmingham, with his pace, reading of the game, and composure when pressed, standing out as three of the more prominent abilities.
He is someone that would thrive of the more experienced defenders that he will be placed next to, should a move to Birmingham occur.
The 19-year-old has shown confidence and leadership within the youth set up at United, and that will stand him in good stead for the rigours of Championship football.