‘Best in the league’ – Birmingham City fans rave about Tahith Chong

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Birmingham City's Tahith Chong during the Sky Bet Championship match at The John Smith's Stadium. Wednesday October 20, 2021.

Birmingham City fans have been singing Tahith Chong’s praises after the Manchester United loanee made a goalscoring return following an injury layoff. 

Chong came through United’s academy, winning the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in 2017-18 before making 16 first-team appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After mixed spells at Werder Bremen and Club Brugge in 2020-21, the 22-year-old decided to stay in England and spend this season on loan at Birmingham.

He hit the ground running, winning a Man of the Match award on his debut after helping Birmingham to a 1-0 win away at Sheffield United.

The winger quickly became a fan favourite at St. Andrew’s but was forced to undergo surgery on a serious thigh injury at the start of November.

Having worked his way back to full fitness, Chong came off the bench in a recent defeat to Huddersfield and also played for Birmingham’s Under-23s.

He then started against Bristol City and showed the Birmingham fans what they’ve been missing by scoring the opener inside the opening two minutes. 

Chong also recorded an 86% pass accuracy, made three key passes and won seven ground duels in Birmingham’s 2-1 win.

“For sure. For sure. He has been a big miss for us,” Birmingham manager Lee Bowyer said after the game. “At the start of the season when we had him we created and we looked so dangerous in near enough every game – even when we lost.

“He was a big player for us and to not have him for four-and-a-half months was a long time. He was our most creative player so to not have him for that long we have definitely missed him for sure.

“He is very good at twisting and turning, he is a tricky player. When he is fully fit then he is even more exciting to watch. He has been out a long time, I am pleased he is back out there playing and has scored his first goal.”

We’ve rounded up a number of tweets from Birmingham fans that were also impressed by his display.

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