A heartwarming video has emerged of Adnan Januzaj warming up with a ballboy at half-time during Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 Europa League defeat against Krasnodar on Thursday night.
While a few of Januzaj’s teammates warmed up together, the versatile winger - on loan from Manchester United - took some time out to engage in a bit of passing practice with a young lad on the touchline.
The ballboy produced a few decent first-time passes - he can clearly play a bit - while Januzaj pulled off an impressive piece of skill towards the end of the video, which you see by clicking HERE.
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Unfortunately for Januzaj, he was named amongst the substitutes - yet again - by BVB head coach Thomas Tuchel, who hasn’t been convinced by the Belgium international since he arrived at Signal Iduna Park in the summer.
The 20-year-old came on for the final 20 minutes but was unable to help Borussia Dortmund salvage something from the match.
Video: Januzaj and the ballboy
To see the full video, click HERE.
Van Gaal warned Januzaj about Dortmund move
Januzaj has struggled for minutes under Tuchel, prompting Manchester United fans to ask why Louis van Gaal sent the winger to Dortmund in the first place.
However, the veteran Dutch coach insists he warned the youngster about the fierce competition he would face by moving to the Bundesliga outfit on a season-long loan deal.
"At a club like Borussia Dortmund, all the players are also of a certain level,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by Sky Sports last week. "I said in advance that's a big risk, because you have to compete with other players of a higher level and that's not so easy.
"It's the same as at Manchester United. He has to compete with higher-level players. I want him to play all the matches, and that's why I wanted to play him in the Premier League, but he chose Borussia Dortmund.
"We have to wait and see [if it's a good move] because now he doesn't play.
"I am certain he has the talent to play, but he has to learn a lot of things.
"Talent is important, but so is the character to develop your talent. And he can learn that."
James Wilson has the right idea...
It surely would have been more beneficial for Januzaj if he had joined a club lower in the Premier League table, or even a team in the Championship, instead.
It was confirmed on Thursday evening that James Wilson had left Manchester United for a loan deal Brighton and Hove Albion, where the talented striker is likely to have far more exposure to first-team football than his teammate at Dortmund.
Manchester United fans: was it a mistake for Adnan Januzaj to join Borussia Dortmund on loan? Have your say by leaving a comment below!
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