Manchester United’s wonderkid of last season is not quite making the cut under Louis Van Gaal this term.
Adnan Janazaj is severely struggling to hold down a first team spot, and he failed to make a real impact in his last outing, which was an appearance off the bench in United’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea two weekends ago. When the starlet was linked to a loan move away from Old Trafford in January it was quickly shot down, and it was believed the Belgian would play a more important role in the side after all.
But, as Louis Van Gaal chopped and changed his starting eleven and formation, Adnan Januzaj could not make himself undroppable, unlike his fellow countryman Marouane Fellaini. The odds are stacked against him, and now it is time for Januzaj to go out on loan.
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Despite Van Gaal publicly insisting Januzaj would not be leaving United on loan, the 20 year old has not made the same impression on his new boss as he did the last. It now seems more like Van Gaal was playing it safe by keeping Januzaj at Old Trafford in January, in case of injuries.
A loan move this summer would be perfect for the Belgium international. All focus seems to be on adding to the squad; undoubtedly making it even harder to Januzaj to make his mark. If he isn’t going to be playing regular, first team football at this stage in his career, is it worth it? Staying at a club that doesn’t really need him could end up hindering him in the long run.
So Januzaj needs to get his options on the table in order to help himself. He’s still a young player and is making mistakes that can be worked out if he played more regularly. Most importantly, his incessant need to ‘showboat.’ He does not have to be Cristiano Ronaldo and show his tricks, when he can just play football.
A move to Europe would be ideal, to gain some perspective and a new footballing experience in another league. At the beginning of the year, Paris Saint Germain were rumoured to be in the running for the Belgian’s signature.
Once David Moyes catches wind of a potential loan deal for the 20-year-old, he will of course put his name forward to bring him to Real Sociedad. It will be just another reason for Moyes to talk about his time at Old Trafford.
A year away from the side will do Januzaj the world of good if he can become a regular starter. He will be much more valuable after a loan move, when he will be more confident and experienced – thus more of an asset to Manchester United.