Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj exploded onto the footballing scene last season under David Moyes in emphatic style. Scoring 2 goals against Sunderland, many predicted Januzaj would be a star.
Since then, Januzaj’s options have been hugely limited. Despite making 18 appearances for United this season, the youngster has only managed to play a bit-part at Old Trafford.
The Belgian international faces strong competition in the position he plays. Players such as Juan Mata, Angel di Maria and Ashley Young keep Januzaj out of the side, as well as a whole host of others who are coming through United’s ranks and impressing, Andreas Pereira is a strong example of this. Januzaj must also face competition from new signing Memphis Depay as of next season, another blow to the youngsters chances at being a regular starter yet again.
Although I am confident that the 20-year-old will ‘come good’, I think as it stands, Januzaj is quite far away from regular first-team action. This could mean a number of things. A move away from Old Trafford?
If Januzaj was to be sold by United, there would almost certainly be a whole host of top clubs in to snap him up. PSG have already shown huge interest in the youngster, and were linked with a £40 million move just last year, although that figure is probably hugely wide of the mark.
A loan move for Januzaj would be my number one option. I believe the squad at the moment is too strong in his position to give him regular football, and his talent is too noticeable to let him leave on a permanent deal.
So where would Januzaj go? Many Premier League clubs have been linked with a move, Everton are currently the favourites to take him on for a year. But also, and perhaps more interestingly, David Moyes’ Real Sociedad have been linked with a loan move for him. As Moyes was the manager who allowed Januzaj to blossom, maybe he could play a big part in helping the youngster revive his form once again.
Whatever happens, I hope Januzaj stays at United for the long term, as he clearly has lots still to offer the side.