United confirm loan move for young winger
Manchester United winger Tahith Chong, a product of the club's fabled Academy, is set to gain valuable first-team experience in the forthcoming new season by joining Werder Bremen on loan.
The talented 20-year-old will spend the full 2020/21 campaign in Germany, and could make his competitive debut in a month's time with the Bundesliga due to begin on 18 September.
Chong, who was born in Curacao and has been capped six times by Netherlands' Under-21s, was given his senior United debut by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in January 2019, when he came off the bench in the Emirates FA Cup win over Reading.
Moments like that helped the Under-23s regular to land the club’s coveted Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year award in May 2019, 12 months after he claimed the Jimmy Murphy Young Player accolade.
When Chong signed a new contract in March this year, to keep him at United until June 2022, he commented: “I’m at a club where, if you work hard, you get your opportunities. It’s all about taking those opportunities as well. I think we’ve got a manager who believes in young players. It’s an exciting time at the moment.”
His manager Solskjaer added: “We are pleased with the progress Tahith has made since he stepped up from the Academy and are looking forward to continuing to develop his talent. He has great potential; given his age, ability and work-ethic, we can see that he has a bright future at Manchester United.”
Chong’s 16th and most recent first-team appearance was as a substitute, in the latter stages of our 2-1 victory against LASK in the Europa League last-16 tie at Old Trafford.
This is the attacker's first move away from United and he will no doubt hope to follow the examples set by Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira, to name just two Academy players who spent time at other clubs before making a successful return.
Everyone at United wishes Tahith the best of luck with his season-long loan spell.
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