Dai Wai Tsun - from Wolves to China


The name Dai Wai Tsun might not be one you have heard too much about but the 20-year-old former Wolves player could be one to look out for. The player has recently made the move from the English city of Wolverhampton to Shenzhen FC in China League One. 

Where will he play 

Dai Wai Tsun has joined Shenzhen as a Hong Kong national but there's talk of China looking to nationalise the star. The club is managed by an Italian in Roberto Donadoni while their assistant is Massimiliano Maddaloni who was previously assistant to Marcello Lippi before he went on to manage China at various youth levels. 

This background with the coaches makes you think they are keen on blossoming young talent in China for the national side, whether he plays for China or Hong Kong the player has a big future ahead of him. 

He can also, in fact, play for England too as he holds two passports, a Hong Kong and British passport. Although having played at youth level with Hong Kong the hope will, of course, be that Mixu Paatelainen will cap him putting to bed any talk of him turning out in the red shirt of China. 

The attack-minded midfielder as had a great footballing education too as this has seen him play for Hong Kong Barcelona Football Academy before going to play for the youth sides of Eastern and Kitchee in Hong Kong before he moved to England and played with Reading and then later with Bury. 


Starting in Bury 

At the now default Bury was where Dai made his senior debut, this was in the opening match of the 2017-18 season when his side defeated Walsall 1-0 and he came on as a second-half substitute. Throughout that season he played a total of eight matches. 

It was clear he was a talent which is why after his side was relegated from League One in England he was signed by fellow League One side Oxford United for the 2018-19 season, he, however, failed to make an appearance for the first team.

Despite this in the summer of 2019, the player from Hong Kong made his move to the English Premiership joining Wolves for an undisclosed fee. 

This saw him play for the Wolves U21 side and he even scored in the EFL Cup a cup competition for English lower league sides and Premiership youth teams. It was a cracker too in a 4-2 win over Carlisle United, this was seen as the youngster did a couple of stepovers before slotting the ball home from 20 yards. 

Despite all this optimism around him in May 2020 the player returned to East Asia to join Chinese League One side Shenzhen. That scoring touch was again on display too as he scored once again from outside the box for his new club in a friendly with Guangzhou R&F at the end of May.

It is expected even if he is not nationalised he will be registered with his new club as a Hong Kong national so will not count in their foreign player policy. The hope is in China though that he will play with them and be part of their long term project to qualify for the 2026 World Cup. 

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