After impressing in Manchester United’s victory over Sunderland at the weekend, Adnan Januzaj has been at the centre of attention, but I’m not sure what all the fuss is about.
With the amount of transfer speculation and coverage he has been given you would think he had just won the Footballer of the Year award, but all he has had is one good game. Not only are other countries interested, but he is also being pinned as England’s next hope, despite him being able to play for 10 other countries.
While he did show a good mix of pace, passing and an eye for goal, he has played only three professional games, and only stood out in one. For someone who has had so little game time, to go from zero to hero overnight is frankly puzzling. If too much pressure is put on him too early, then he is destined to fail.
A person who is key to Januzaj’s success is manager David Moyes, who must not overplay the youngster. Even if he is ready technically, if the 18-year-old Belgian is played too often, then he is far more likely to be blighted by injuries throughout his career. Exactly what has happened to Jack Wilshere, Lionel Messi and Michael Owen.
To conclude, while Januzaj may have shown early signs of class, there are many different things that can stand in the way of stardom. Poor management, injuries and pressure are just a few of many, so don’t be disappointed if he doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped.
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