Manchester United may have found the heir to Ryan Giggs’ wing wizard title according to former player Clayton Blackmore.
Ryan Giggs broke through into the Manchester United first team aged just 17, and would continue to play for the club until the grand old age of 41. During that time, the United legend would make 963 appearances, score 168 goals and win countless trophies including 13 Premier League and two Champions League titles, to name but a few.
He was famed for his amazing pace and wonderful dribbling ability, as well as the knack for scoring goals, before transforming into a creative central midfielder in his latter days.
Since his breakthrough back in 1990, United fans have always been wondering when the next Ryan Giggs will emerge from their academy, and fellow Welshman and former Man Utd player Clayton Blackmore believes that the club now have him.
That man is youngster Tahith Chong.
Chong is left-footed right winger, with as much talent as he has hair! And that’s saying something. He possesses excellent balance, strength and pace, and despite being just 18, is one of the star performers of the U23 team and has already been training with the first team.
It was Blackmore who encouraged academy bosses to sign the Dutch youngster after watching a clip of him playing for Feyenoord at the age of just 14, and he still predicts big things:
“The second I saw him I said, ‘We have got to get him’,” he told MEN Sport.
“The closest player I’ve seen to filling Ryan Giggs’ boots was Angel Di Maria but Mr Van Gaal did not play him in the right position.
“He [Chong] could be the next one. He’s playing on the wing, looking really good running with the ball as well like Ryan. He’s done well since coming back from injury. He can go the distance.
“There are lots of pitfalls – keeping away from injury, not getting dragged down by the wrong people, knuckling down. He’s come back from a really bad knee injury and the club have to look after him.”
— Fabio (@FabioProd) January 29, 2018