Adnan Januzaj was the lone light in the darkness of David Moyes’ aborted Manchester United managerial career. The homegrown-ish youngster was the latest Shiny Young Thing unto whom we projected all our hopes, but his United career now hangs in the balance. An unimpressive second year under Louis van Gaal - amid reports of a questionable attitude in training - followed by a failed loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, meant that Januzaj’s prospects under Mourinho were already grim, and the loss of his squad number was hardly a ringing endorsement.
A reunion with the manager who gave him his senior debut, at a club with far less competition for places however, was a shot for Januzaj to prove that he was no Federico Macheda (RIP). Since joining Sunderland though, Januzaj has not exactly been setting the world alight. Or so we’ve heard. Let’s not kid ourselves - they’re not paying us enough to subject ourselves to regularly watching the most joyless team in the league coached by the most joyless manager on earth. Life is hard enough as it is.
Luckily, our colleagues over at Roker Report have provided an update on Januzaj’s form and a potential turning point in his season. They’re keeping an eye on our Adnan so that we don’t have to.
While we’re on the topic of SB Nation cross-blog promotion, the Spurs blog Cartilage Free Captain has provided some advanced stats on the Premier League season so far. What does it mean? We haven’t got the foggiest, mate. Something about United’s attack not being up to much, which we already knew.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has taken some time out from being quite good at football to give some bog-standard boring interview responses. He says that the Premier League is “hard,” and that José Mourinho is “special.” Fascinating stuff, Micky.
That’s about all for now, folks. Slow news day and all that. Do you think Januzaj has a future at the club? Would you like to see more coverage on tBB incorporating advanced stats? Answers in the comments.