The inconsistently talented Belgian player leaves Manchester United after failing to live up to early promise shown.
There were alarming signs Adnan Januzaj would not succeed at United, following largely disappointing and ineffectual loan spells away to BVB in Germany and Sunderland on Wearside.
The youngster burst unto the scene at Old Trafford in 2013, capping his first start for the Club against Sunderland with two exquisitely executed strikes – which proved to be match-winners.
The buzz led to an improved 5 year contract amid interest from European giants Juventus and PSG. Internationally, Belgium, Albania and (surprisingly) England sought the player’s allegiance.
He went on to appear fleetingly for Belgium – the country of his birth – and has appeared a paltry 6 times so far, despite the first (and last as well) of these appearances coming back in 2014.
For all the ability Januzaj possess, he has managed a paltry 5 goals and 7 assists in 89 career appearances (per WhoScored). Certainly not what was expected following a promising debut season.
The writing was on the wall when – on the back of a disappointing campaign – JM declared a decision had been reached, which has now seen the Belgian follow Rooney out of Old Trafford.
Does not make impressive reading (source WhoScored)
In his farewell message, Januzaj appeared to insinuate that he had not been given a fair treatment, by thanking only “some” coaches and staff.
But the Belgian who Sir Alex once described as ‘a beautifully-balanced player’ and tipped for glory, has no one but himself (and his poor attitude) to blame for the inglorious exit from United.
The Club have reportedly inserted a buy-back clause, however, there has to be phenomenal improvement from Januzaj if we are ever to see him back in United colours.