Just over an year and a half ago, we saw the glimpses of a superstar in the making in the form of Belgian star Adnan Januzaj.
It was an away game against Sunderland, on the 5th of October, 2013, United were 1-0 down, struggling to open up a dogged defense. It seemed that United’s woes would continue under David Moyes but Januzaj had some other plans. In his first Premier League start, he stepped up big time and scored two goals to push United over the line.
He was the glimmer of hope in a tumultuous time for Manchester United, a hope that the future would be bright.
He won the 2013 Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year award and was likened to be the successor of the legendary Ryan Giggs.
As the season came to a close, it was all gloomy at Old Trafford as the club had finished in 7th place. However, the arrival of Louis Van Gaal as the manager was a relief for everyone at Man United.
The Dutch coach has a reputation of providing academy players a fair chance to prove themselves. He was the one who promoted Xavi to the first team with Barcelona and Muller with Bayern Munich.
It was Januzaj’s turn to prove himself to his new coach. However, a year has gone by and not much improvement can be seen in the youngster. Is his development being stalled by not loaning him out to other clubs where he might be able to play regularly?
With the squad additions United made last year and this year, it isn’t very likely that he will get regular playing time at the top level.
He’s 20 now and needs regular top flight experience to improve. Just look at his fellow countryman Thibaut Courtois who has developed into a world class goal keeper at such a young age mainly because he got regular playing time at a top class team such as Atletico Madrid.
No one wants to see an amazing talent go to waste and if Louis van Gaal has no plans for Adnan in his first team then the Dutch coach must loan him out.