Can Adnan Januzaj become Manchester United's Mesut Ozil?

Januzaj And United Celebrate

The two have a similar style, so what does Januzaj have to do to become as influential as the Arsenal star?

Manchester United dispatched of West Ham United today, in a comfortable performance that saw them take their winning streak to four games straight. 

The game was certainly full of several top performances all around - but once again the mercurial playmaker Adnan Januzaj had an absolutely fantastic game for the club.

He showed the good and the bad of his talents of course - with his dive and subsequent booking an unfortunate and ugly side-note to his performance - but overall he would have been very pleased with his game.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of his performance would have been his goal. The attacker bamboozled the Hammers defence before slamming past Jussi Jaaskelainen for his first ever goal at Old Trafford.

The promise this young lad has never ceases to amaze me - and today he reminded me of one player who has made a big impact on the Premier League this season - Mesut Ozil.

Ozil arrived at Arsenal in the summer for a club record fee of £42.4 million and has already become a cult hero at The Emirates Stadium.

Januzaj plays in a very similar way to the German international.

The obvious comparisons are startlingly apparent. Both attacking midfielders and both predominantly left-footed they also share a love for a dribble.

They both also happen to be very good at it.

So how can Januzaj, with all these traits and abilities that lend themselves so well to an Ozil comparison, become as good as the former Real Madrid man in the future?

Well it is simple; he needs to be less greedy.

At his age it is often the case that a player loves to be on the ball - but the fact remains that he often doesn’t play the simple pass when it is on. Sometimes it works, when he leaves opponents twisted on the floor confused at the events that just unfolded.

But on other occasions he could utilise the clever one-two’s Ozil plays. Ozil was much the same at Januzaj’s age - and it was this along with other clashes off the pitch that saw him discarded from Schalke in 2008.

When, and not if, he learns this trait he will be a devastating force in the Premier League.

Who knows, he could even prove to be a better player than Ozil in five years’ time.

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