Reports have run rampant today over a proposed new deal United starlet Adnan Januzaj stands to be offered off the back of his match-winning performance at the weekend.
Figures of up to £60,000 have been mulled over, as David Moyes seeks to pin down his greatest youthful asset, and officially dismiss any notion that the Premier League champions may lose another budding talent before he has fully matured into the final product.
Whilst Januzaj has, thus far, impressed massively in a United shirt, I find it hard to believe that the club are willing to immediately shift him from little known player of potential to reputable first-team star in a heartbeat, skipping all the necessary steps in between.
First off, the wage alone is a preposterous consideration; £60,0000-a-week for a player who has started one, albeit exceptional, game at the required level.
It's not that Januzaj doesn't have the potential to be worth that amount each week, but at 18 there is still a lot of work to be done if he is to hit the expected potential, and any number of things could hamper or altogether ruin his development.
It is plain to see why Moyes wishes to keep his prized teenager, and will therefore do anything to make it happen, but that doesn't make it automatically the correct thing to do.
The departures of Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrisson- two prodigal youngsters who left United due to disputes over their worth at the club at such an early age- have shed light on how disastrous it can be to let a player just walk away at such a young age, but the careers of players such as Federico Macheda can be used as evidence to prop up the argument that sometimes, players simply won't achieve what's expected of them.
Admittedly it's naive to compare the highly-rated Januzaj to a player who now plies his trade at Doncaster Rovers, but the implementation of such a lucrative contract could backfire not only for United if the 18-year-old doesn't hit his potential, but also for the player's long-term development.
Then there's the fact that Januzaj simply hasn't earned the deal on the table. Whilst he may go on to be massively important for Moyes in his debut season at the club, we have seen only one proper example of why he is so highly lauded around the red half of Manchester.
If you take a look over his individual highlights from the match against Sunderland you can derive that he didn't really have that much of a remarkable game, aside from his two goals.
It must be said that the goals were good, but they could just as easily be strikes made by a player who happens to be in the right position at the right time.
I think Moyes would be silly to let him go, but I also don't think that it's time yet to hail him as the next Cristiano Ronaldo-esque saviour. It could be that due to the struggles currently being witnessed at Old Trafford the supporters are looking for hope to grab hold of, but to me it just all seems a little premature.
Januzaj has potential, but to offer him a deal which would place him in the same wage bracket as the United regulars, with him only having showcased his talents from the starting whistle on the one occasion strikes of desperation.
If Januzaj wants to stay then give him a new contract, but one that recognises the fact that he is still an unpolished product, not a man who will turn United's season around on his lonesome.
If he rejects that avenue then Moyes should make sure that he does what Fergie was renown for- put the club before the player. It was a trademark move from the old Scot, and one that rarely came back to bite him.
Januzaj may be an emerging talent, but two goals against a struggling Sunderland side doesn't constitute the fanfare being orchestrated at the moment.
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