Sunderland fans should scoff at Adnan Januzaj's Premier League claims

Sunderland fans look dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on September 13, 2015 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

Adnan Januzaj's loan spell at Sunderland from Manchester United last season won't be remembered too fondly by the Stadium of Light faithful.

Adnan Januzaj of Sunderland (L) attempts to take the balll past Robbie Brady of Burnley (R) during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Burnley at Stadium of Light on March 18,...

It is fair to say Adnan Januzaj will not be remembered too fondly at Sunderland.

Big things were expected of the fleet-footed winger when he moved to Wearside on loan for the 2016/17 season, reuniting with David Moyes who gave him his debut at Manchester United.

Sunderland fans knew just how good Januzaj could be. After all, he scored a sensational, match-winning double at the Stadium of Light at the age of just 18 during Moyes’ short-lived spell in charge at Old Trafford.

Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on October 5,...

But it is a rather damning indictment of Januzaj’s spell on Wearside that he scored more goals in that one game back in the Autumn of 2013 than he did during his entire season in red and white.

So Sunderland fans could be forgiven for scoffing at Januzaj’s claims that he could one day saunter back to the Premier League and look right at home.

“With my quality, I think I could go play in any league I went to,” Januzaj, who eventually left Manchester United for Real Sociedad in the summer, told the Mirror. “I am happy here, but who knows what the future will hold?

Adnan Januzaj of Sunderland is fouled by Ryan McGivern of Shrewsbury Town during the EFL Cup second round match between Sunderland and Shrewsbury Town at Stadium of Light on August 24,...

“I don’t decide all this, but, if, one day, I have to be back in the Premier League, then why not?”

Sunderland fans who endured Januzaj’s series of half-hearted, limp displays on the wing will be queuing up to explain exactly ‘why not’.

The Black Cats finished bottom of the Premier League last season and Moyes lost his job. And while it would be wrong to blame Januzaj entirely for a disastrous 2016/17 campaign, he did not exactly help.

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