Werder Bremen’s Sporting Director Frank Baumann has stated his interest in taking Manchester United’s young Dutch prospect Tahith Chong out on loan this coming season.
Bremen managed to avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth after they were successful in the relegation play-off game against Heidenheim, drawing but ensuring victory due to the away goals rule.
The precarious financial situation at Bremen means that they need to strengthen frugally and a loan move for Tahith Chong is something that they are looking to. On Chong, Baumann said: “He plays with great speed and his profile fits. Because of our situation, he is a player who could be interesting.”
Chong signed a two-year contract with United in March this year, following rumours that circulated he may leave the club due to his desire for first-team football. His agent Jonathan Barnett is now looking to secure a loan move to gather experience and playing time and it looks like the Bundesliga may be his destination.
But should Man United let him go?
The Bundesliga is becoming the choice destination for young Premier League talent to learn their trade. The obvious success story is Jadon Sancho who left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and has seen his career soar since.
Other notable players include Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny who is impressing on loan at Schalke and Manchester City players Rabbi Matondo and Angelino who are creating plenty of buzz at Schalke and Leipzig respectively.
However, some players that have made the move to Germany permanent, are now struggling for opportunities such as Reece Oxford and Ademola Lookman. Both players signed in 2019 following loan spells and have since not experienced the playing time that they would have hoped.
Tahith Chong came on as a left-back for the reds in the Europa League game against LASK last week and managed to impress in his 20-minute spell despite playing out of position. This flexibility may appeal to Solskjaer and there may be further opportunities in the remaining Europa league games.
With a tightly packed schedule and an ability to play in multiple positions, Chong may receive the playing time that he needs to develop at Old Trafford in the coming season. However, a loan move to Germany appears to make more sense.
There he can aim to be playing regular first-team football in a competitive league, that has many similarities to the Premier League and offers many more opportunities to young players. By doing this he will develop physically, mentally, and emotionally and can look to come back to Old Trafford and fight for his place.