clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

CONFIRMED: Adnan Januzaj Joins Sunderland On Loan - Thoughts & Reaction

New, comments

Some good positive news was confirmed today by manager David Moyes as Adnan Januzaj joins Sunderland on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United.

Clive Mason/Getty Images

We spoke earlier this week on the site about Sunderland's need for a right winger and, well, we've got one.

Belgium international Adnan Januzaj is no stranger to Sunderland supporters, with many of us in attendance on the day that he enjoyed perhaps his finest game in a Manchester United shirt, scoring twice in a match way back in October of 2013 at the Stadium of Light.

SAFC.com confirmed the news right as David Moyes also did so at his press conference:

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Adnan Januzaj on a season-long loan from Manchester United.

The 21-year-old Belgium international becomes David Moyes’ third signing as Sunderland boss.

Born in Brussels, Januzaj began his youth career with Anderlecht before moving to United, where he has since gone on to make 50 appearances for the first team, garnering both Premier League and UEFA Champions League experience.

The winger spent part of last season on loan with German giants Borussia Dortmund, gaining further experience in European competition.

Januzaj is no stranger to the Stadium of Light, having scored a brace to give his former club a 2-1 win over the Black Cats back in 2013 on one of his first senior appearances.

Sunderland’s latest addition is available to make his debut against Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League season on Saturday.

Adnan's greatest spell for Manchester United came under our new manager - and, since Moyes left Old Trafford, Januzaj's career seems to have nose-dived somewhat.

What is important to remember when judging him is that he's only twenty-one years old. He's still very raw, very young and very mouldable. Moyes knows his capabilities.

I'm actually very excited by this. Sunderland don't currently have many natural wide players and it's not ideal having Duncan Watmore or Fabio Borini playing on the flanks all of the time when both men are perhaps better suited in other roles. Adnan gives us quality and depth right across the attack and if he's prepared to come here and roll his sleeves up then this could turn out to be a very shrewd piece of business by David Moyes.

Again, I urge people not to take too much from the stagnation of Januzaj's career in recent times - he burst on to the scene when he was very young. He is still very young. He needs to be playing regular first team football at a club that will play through him.

He's creative and clever on the ball and can give you that bit of quality that you sometimes need when a game isn't going in your favour. Sunderland don't have a deep pool of talented attacking midfielders to choose from and I feel that Januzaj will provide strong competition for Wahbi Khazri and Jeremain Lens, which is obviously needed.

Januzaj goes straight in to the squad for tomorrow's game, which is hugely exciting news considering the amount of injuries we have in midfield. We may well need him to go straight in at the deep end and show just why Manchester United were wrong to let him leave.