Adnan Januzaj has been linked with a possible loan move away from Manchester United.
Following claims in the English press that the Belgian international was considering his future after being used sparingly by Louis van Gaal, Spanish website Fichajes.net has suggested the teenager could be set for a temporary spell away from Old Trafford.
The report claims that as Jaunzaj is “considered one of the best young players in the Premier League” a loan move is the most likely option, allowing the player to get sufficient game-time and continue his development.
Following the arrivals of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao at United this summer, and with the absence of Champions League football and an early elimination from the League Cup, van Gaal is unlikely to rotate his playing staff any more than he has to in the months ahead.
As a result, Januzaj could have to make do with cameo appearances unless injuries take their toll.
But having netted a hat-trick under the watchful gaze of van Gaal for United’s under-21s on Monday, and following a truly outstanding breakout campaign under David Moyes, United would be foolish in the extreme to loan out the player.
In so doing, they would openly be admitting that they do not need him this season, and so soon after a campaign in which he took on a starring role – signing a new long-term deal in the process – it would be no surprise if Januzaj began to question his future as a result.
For now he is saying all the right things, claiming he will do everything he can to win a regular starting-spot in United’s side; and it is worth remembering that he is still only 19.
But a loan move? No, that is for youngsters waiting for their breakthrough or players who have failed to make the grade, and Januzaj is neither of those.
He is a star in the making, a player who has already lit up Old Trafford on many occasions, and even if he does only make cameo appearances in the short term, he must remain exactly where he is.
In time he will give van Gaal no choice but to play him in from the start.