Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has hailed Adnan Januzaj and believes the Belgium international could eventually become a centre-forward.
Moyes handed Januzaj his Manchester United debut early in his ill-fated tenure at Old Trafford and remains a huge fan of the winger, who turns 20 today.
The current Real Sociedad manager compared Januzaj to former England international Chris Waddle and is convinced the youngster has the talent to become a “top player”.
Moyes: Januzaj could become a centre-forward
“He [Januzaj] has the ability to go past people, inside or outside,” Moyes revealed in an interview with the Telegraph. “He has quality on the ball and enough arrogance to show it.
“Adnan can become a top player. There’s a composure about him, he could be a wide player or even a centre-forward. There’s a lot of Chris Waddle about him. He’s got the lot.”
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Moyes opted to use Januzaj as a conventional winger for the most part last season, although the Belgian was deployed as the team’s most-advanced player in United’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in January 2014.
Januzaj fancies No. 10 role
The player himself admitted in a September interview that his preferred position isn’t on the wing or upfront, but just behind the strikers in the playmaker role.
However, competition for the No. 10 position is fierce at Manchester United, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Angel di Maria all capable of playing in the same area of the pitch.
Januzaj has struggled to make a telling impact in his second season at Old Trafford, despite being handed the club’s coveted No. 11 shirt last summer.
He has only made a handful of starts for the Red Devils this term and is yet to register a single goal or assist.
Januzaj getting back to his best?
Speculation was rife last month that Moyes would attempt to take Januzaj on loan to Anoeta; however Manchester United made it clear that the player would not be heading anywhere and that he was part of Van Gaal’s plans for the second half of the season.
Januzaj has since started in two of Manchester United’s three previous fixtures - he was injured and unable to feature against Cambridge United earlier this week - and could be on course to resurrect his career following a spell in the wilderness.