Adnan Januzaj Has To Channel Tevez At Sunderland If He Wants Man United Return

It seems to me that young Belgian forward Adnan Januzaj believes one word from Paul Pogba is enough to get him back In the Manchester United team next season.

He’s going to be sadly mistaken if he holds onto that belief without producing for Sunderland for the remainder of this term.

Januzaj has to start working his arse off at the Stadium of Light and help them in their relegation battle, if he stands any chance of convincing Jose Mourinho that he merits a place anywhere near his starting eleven.

The loan move was to show Mourinho that Adnan still had the qualities, and more so, the appetite that he can cut it as a Premier League star.

At this juncture the twenty-one year old has only turned on the style in flashes and that’s not good enough.

What Januzaj needs to do is look at Carlos Tevez and his debut season in England for West Ham United and use that as his inspiration.

Tevez joined the Hammers in the summer of 2006, to much acclaim as his talent had been much heralded across the globe. But the Argentine striker failed to hit the ground running in England. The forward went six months without starting a league game and it took him until March before he got his first goal.

But his season had turned around by that point, he was now the sides main figure on the pitch and he’d start to influence games.

He would end the campaign with seven goals but those seven goals came in the club’s last ten league games of the season. In those ten fixtures West Ham would pick up seven wins. In the final match of the 2006-07 season Tevez would grab the winner as the Hammers beat Man United 1-0 at Old Trafford and they would end the campaign three points away from the relegation zone.

Those end of season performances saw Tevez crowned West Ham’s player of the year, kept them from being relegated and won him a £20m move to Man Utd.

Tevez got that move after proving himself in the Premier League and showing at a struggling club that he could make a real difference with his ability.

Now is the time for Adnan Januzaj to do the same.

Obviously David Moyes understands the player and what’s needed from him:

“Adnan has the ability to be a really top player but it is for him to show how good a player he is. He has a tough ask here but it will be a good education for him and part of building himself up.”

At Sunderland he’s being played in the hole behind veteran striker Jermain Defoe.

The Belgian international should thrive in that role as he will see plenty of the ball and can do with it as he pleases. With a frontman like Defoe, he has a smart player who will make great runs for him to play the ball into and a striker that will finish off his passes/crosses if they are correctly executed. Adnan needs to run at defenders and show a confidence that he can win games with his qualities as a fine footballer.

There’s no doubt that the creative talent has the ability but does he have the hunger to prove himself?

At present he’s still living off his debut season at United and that was three years ago. He needs to forget the hype, everyone else has, and start working on developing his game and putting in man of the match performances for the Black Cats.

For Adnan Januzaj it’s all about what he does for Sunderland between now and the end of the season that will settle his future at Old Trafford.

Fail there and no words from pal Pogba will save him!


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