Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer has admitted Tahith Chong’s return to Manchester United has had a big impact on his side’s playing style.
The attacking midfielder joined the Blues on a one-season loan this summer and quickly established himself as a key player in St. Andrew’s with his impressive performances.
However, a groin injury that was to rule Chong out for around four months meant the loan was cut short and he returned to Manchester for his convalescence.
And, talk to Birmingham LiveBowyer spoke about the challenges he has faced since leaving the Netherlands Under-21 international, as well as the specific qualities of the player.
“In possession he was the one we could give the ball away and he could relieve the pressure, we could hit the teams at the break and we had the quality to pass people, to create. She’s a big miss.
“He’s a quality player, Chongy would miss any team. Any team. When he was playing we kept the ball better, we looked more dangerous because he pulls people towards him which obviously allows other players around the pitch to become available.. “
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There is no denying that Chong was a big failure for the Blues. A return of 19 goals in 20 games is not enough, and while forwards have to shoulder their share of the blame, there is also a lack of creativity.
As Bowyer mentions, Chong has the ability to beat players and that unpredictability was a big plus for the team.
But, injuries do happen in football and it’s up to the boss and the recruiting team to identify the people who can improve the team in the New Year.
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