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With his shaggy hair and athletic nature, Tahith Chong cuts an imposing figure and his proposed move to Manchester United certainly got everybody talking about the Dutch youngster.
The deal to sign the Feyenoord youngster, rated one of his country's hottest prospects, was finalised on 27 July 2016 as he received international clearance in order to represent the Reds. The Netherlands youth international has looked impressive in a left-wing role as that is his favoured side and allows him to show off his blistering pace. Chong had been with Feyenoord since the age of 10 and it was a difficult decision to leave Rotterdam but he feels he made the right choice in opting for Old Trafford. "I am definitely impressed by the club," he told the Dutch press. "United have good accommodation for youth players and it is up to me to make that step. My parents will go to England and it's good to have their support there." Chong has already won his first individual trophy as a Red, scooping the best attacking player award at the Otten Cup in his homeland after helping Tommy Martin's side reach the final, only to lose to Anderlecht on penalties. He also scored the club's only goal in the 2016/17 FA Youth Cup, a stunner at Old Trafford against Southampton which will live long in the memory - despite the eventual defeat. Kieran McKenna commented: "Tahith has hit the ground running in his time here and I think he's just a fantastic professional. He has the right attitude to training and looks after himself really well off the pitch. He's really personable and good with the staff and players, which has helped him to settle in quickly. On the pitch, everyone has been excited by his performances; he's an eye-catching player. "We'll just keep pushing him to add to that with an end product so he can add goals and assists, as he has been doing, and can have a bright future in the game." Unfortunately, he suffered a bad tackle in January's Academy game against Everton which prematurely ended his debut campaign in Manchester. It left him with figures of four goals in 15 appearances (13 as a starter) for the 2016/17 campaign. The Curacao-born winger recovered from a knee operation to make an instant impact at all youth levels, starting by scoring in the first start of his comeback against Manchester City's Under-18s in November. Some dazzling displays followed, including some fine work in the UEFA Youth League, and he immediately took to life at Under-23s level like a duck to water. In addition to his strike against on his Reserves debut against Tottenham, he has found the net in each of his four outings at Old Trafford and also impressed in the UEFA Youth League. Chong beat off competition from fellow contenders Lee O'Connor and James Garner to secure the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award for 2018.
"Everyone at the club will help me. It's just how the club is built. Having my family around as well makes it a lot easier. Character is important and I've just got to keep working hard."