Belgian winger Adan Januzaj has joined Sunderland on a one-season loan from Manchester United. Januzaj will join up with his former Manchester United manager David Moyes, who has just taken over at Sunderland.
Sunderland announced the signing in a statement on their official website that read, “Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Adnan Januzaj on a season-long loan from Manchester United. The 21-year-old Belgium international becomes David Moyes’ fourth signing as Sunderland boss…. Januzaj is no stranger to the Stadium of Light, having scored a brace to give his former club a 2-1 win over the Black Cats back in 2013 on one of his first senior appearances. Sunderland’s latest addition is available to make his debut against Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League season on Saturday.”
Januzaj joins Sunderland after spending last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund, where he failed to make much of an impact and made only 6 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
The Belgian hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations since breaking through at Manchester United in 2013 and will hope to find his form again at Sunderland.
David Moyes commented on Januzaj’s lack of progress and warned the winger that he won’t be getting a free ride next season. “I’ve said to Adnan, you need to stop blaming everyone else for what’s gone wrong,” said Moyes. “This loan’s a little bit of a risk. I’ve told Adnan to look at himself and realize that it’s down to him to change it; it can’t always be the manager’s fault or the coach’s fault that he hasn’t progressed. Adnan’s got to ask has he prepared right, has he got himself in the best condition, has he trained well enough? And, when he’s got his opportunity, has he played well enough? In a lot of cases the answer has to be ‘no’.”
Though he has struggled lately, Januzaj still has the speed and skill to become a real force on the wing for the Black Cats. Moyes and the Sunderland faithful will hope Januzaj can propel their side and push them to a strong mid table finish.