Manchester United’s Tahith Chong has chosen to stay and fight for his place rather than go out on loan.
The 19-year-old Dutch winger has been at United since he was 16. He swapped the Feyenoord youth program, for the academy at Manchester United.
Many of the academy players often leave the club on loan at his age in search of regular first-team football. The hope is they get plenty of playing time.
Then come back in the offseason and impress their parent club, who keep them and promote them to the first-team squad.
It is pathways like this that saw the likes of David Beckham rise to the top.
Beckham took up a short loan at lowly Preston North End. But returned and forced his way into Sir Alex Fergusons first-team plans.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Chong has had plenty of potential suitors. Both Feyenoord and PSV of the Dutch first division have enquired.
Chong was given his senior debut last season by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the victory over PSG in the Champions League.
He, in fact, made four appearances last season and was a prominent squad member in the teams preseason.
He has yet to make a matchday squad this season.
The teenager ended the season with four appearances in all competitions and was a regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in pre-season.
But he has not made the squad for United’s first two Premier League matches of the season.
There is talk that United is readying a new and improved long term contract for the teenager.
According to The Mirror, his agent Erkan Alkan believes the boy has one thing on his mind and that is a future at Manchester United.
“Tahith does not want to be loaned, but wants to fight for his chance at Manchester United.”
“Top clubs from the Bundesliga and La Liga also have him in sight.”
“He has done a strong preparation [for the season], in which he has proven to be one of the better attackers of United.”