When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named as Manchester United’s permanent manager, the hope that he would promote youth talent was strong, sticking to the club’s DNA.
However, the extent to which he has done this hasn’t entirely been enough for many supporters. Prime in that regard is his hesitancy to award a full start to Mason Greenwood, even when the club was desperate for an adequate striker.
Despite that, there have been some incredible positive showing from academy graduates. The recent appearances of left-back Brandon Williams, in particular, has fans immensely excited.
Now, one of their youth players is being targeted by a familiar name.
According to the Daily Mail, Juventus has 19-year-old Tahith Chong on their radar as the Dutch international is on the verge of finishing his current United contract.
The report adds that the Italian club sent a representative to monitor the teenager during United’s U23 game against Stoke City last Friday. That was certainly a positive choice as the youth team won 3-1 with Chong amongst the goalscorers.
Solskjaer has named him sparingly last season and this campaign as well, although not with the kind of regularity that Greenwood enjoys. Alongside Angel Gomes, Chong seems to have disappeared back into the youth ranks even as the likes of James Garner and Brandon Williams enjoy renewed attention in the first team.
There is a possibility that the Paul Pogba saga may repeat itself if this goes on and Juventus ends up with his signature in the summer. Prior reports had also indicated that loan moves will be considered for some of these youth academy graduates and that too can have a great bearing on Chong’s future.
Solskjaer and company may have to make the hard choice between either trusting their home-grown talent or investing in established quality.