Sunday, July 22, 2018

Could Adnan Januzaj revive his career in Spain?

Spanish club Real Sociedad have made a bid for Manchester United winger Adan Januzaj

Manchester United have received a bid around £9.7million from Spanish club Real Sociedad for mercurial winger Adnan Januzaj, according to Sky Sports.

The noises coming out of Old Trafford suggest that the winger is set to leave the club this summer.

At one point, the 22-year-old was seen as the next great superstar at Old Trafford. His career has just gone downhill from his debut campaign under the much-maligned David Moyes at United.

The winger spent last season on loan at Sunderland, where he failed to shine and the Black Cats suffered relegation. Januzaj arrived at the Stadium of Light with big expectations and his signing was an exciting one.

However, he failed to live-up to the hype, just as he had in a previous loan spell in the Bundesliga at Dortmund.

Januzaj was overhyped

When Januzaj first broke into the first-team at United a number of different international countries coveted him before the winger eventually chose to represent Belgium.

The hype was probably typical of any young player that breaks into a Premier League team, especially one as big as Manchester United. The British media showered him with praise and he became a player that they loved to hype-up.

Unfortunately, Januzaj was very young and barely only out of his mid-teens. The praise and the hype that came Januzaj’s way was enough to turn any youngsters head. From his performances at Sunderland, it seems the youngster may have lost his way.

He returned home early from his loan spell at Dortmund because he complained of a lack of playing time. Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel later voiced his doubts about the youngster’s character.

A permanent move may reignite his career

Januzaj has struggled to make an impact in both his loan spells in the last two seasons. Maybe he needs to make the move permanently to get his head straight. It seems highly doubtful that he has a future at United, so a permanent move is probably best for his development.

Maybe with the right boss at the right club, he can develop and turn into the good player he threatened to at times during his debut campaign at Old Trafford.

A move to San Sebastian would be a good one for Januzaj. The team from San Sebastian may be odds of 300/1 to win the Spanish title next season, but they are certainly a highly reputable team in the Spanish top flight.

They have been in and around the top-six in La Liga in recent years more often than not. La Real may just be the platform from which Januzaj finally plays regular first-team football. With that, maybe he will start developing his game.

Temperament over talent

This is an argument I have had with many people over the years. Some very talented players have failed to be successful in the game because they simply do not have the temperament to be successful.

I do not claim to know Januzaj well or personally. However, from his performances at Sunderland and from what some insiders have said the lad needs to get his straight.

Now is the time to put his ego to one side and give himself a chance to make a mark on the game. I do not doubt he has talent, as I do believe that Januzaj has immense natural talent. If it is the mental side of the game that is lacking in the youngster, then he needs to seek out help to put that right.

Adnan Januzaj may or may not make the move to Real Sociedad. However, I for one would love to see him move to San Sebastian and flourish. He still has potential and time on his side. Maybe he will eventually become the superstar many of the British press predicted he would after all.

Could Adnan Januzaj revive his career in Spain?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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