Tahith Chong has been enjoying life on loan at Birmingham this season, with his manager Lee Bowyer stating his surprise at just how good our young forward is.
Birmingham are currently 16th out of 24 team in the Championship and Chong has revealed, in a conversation with the official site, how much he is relishing regular playing time.
I think we had a good start to the season. Obviously, now it’s a bit tougher with the recent games but I’m sure we’ll turn that around. It’s been a very good experience. As I’ve said loads of times, everyone here in Birmingham has been very welcoming, from the players and staff to the fans. Everyone has helped me a lot since I came here and that has made it easier for me to adapt really.
I’ve felt good. Obviously, for me, it’s been getting used to the whole three games in a week, Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday and back to Saturday again. It’s been very enjoyable and, like I’ve said it’s an experience that I have been enjoying a lot.
Jesse Lingard spent half a season on loan at Birmingham in 2013, so you could bet at bingocanada that Chong would speak to the fellow United graduate about joining the club, which he did.
Before I left, I spoke to Jesse, just briefly, about it as he’s been here as well. So I spoke to him and he explained a bit about the club so I already had kind of an idea. It’s always different when you experience it yourself but I have got to say it has been fantastic for me.
Jesse just said about the fans – if you work hard on the pitch and all the stuff like that then the fans can help you through games. And the players too. I just came in and really liked the experience. I just wanted to listen to the staff and players and what they wanted me to do and tried to get on with that.
Chong has been named Man of the Match on a couple of occasions but hasn’t scored yet. He believes a goal is on the cards for him soon though.
I feel like it’s nice when you get it obviously but, for me personally, the main focus is on trying to help the team win games. It’s about trying to help the team get points so I always feel it’s a bonus. It’s more about trying to help the team to get points in the games really.
I think I’ve been quite close and am getting closer and closer in every game really! I feel like one is coming in the coming weeks, for sure.
Chong turns 22 in December and has played 10 games so far this season. By the end of the campaign, he’ll hopefully have enough minutes under his belt to be able to compete for a place in the Manchester United squad. He’s made 16 appearances for us so far, having made his debut against Reading in the FA Cup in 2019.