Saturday, 19 October 2013

Over-rated or future Ronaldo? Adnan Januzaj:

The media have kept going on and on about Manchester United's 18-year-old midfield startlet, who recently signed a new five-year contract at the club which kills off any interest from other clubs in Europe over Januzaj's signature. 


Ending speculation: Januzaj (middle) was pictured signing a new five-year contract deal on Saturday morning. 

It seems weird how everyone is over-hyping him after his great debut double against Sunderland, even though he is not a recognised first-team starter and he is still a young player who needs time to develop and reach his full potential. 

Dream debut: Januzaj scored twice for United against Sunderland to win his side the game.

Perfect volley: Januzaj scored a 20-yard volley finish which was the strike of the day.

Don't get me wrong when I say that I think he is a great young player with potential to be one of the best in a few years, but there is no point putting so much pressure on him to perform now because he will end up failing to reach the potential that he can. 

He has an intelligent footballing brain, quick on and off the ball and knows how to pass the ball to team-mates, but I simply think that it does not mean you can start making comparisons to other good players across the world simply because it's not fair to do so. 

The international countries that he could play for:

England - place of residence currently
Turkey - Where his grandparents were born
Albania - Due to his ethnic Albanian parents and relatives
Belgium - Birthplace and passport
Kosovo - Parent's homeland, but they are not a FIFA affliated team

He has potential to be special, and he will get lots of world-wide recognition in months and years to come simply because of his age (being able to play for the senior squad at 18 and perform the way he does) but he needs to keep his feet on the ground and ignore the media hype or he will underperform. 

Future Ronaldo? Too early to say. 

Over-rated? Unfortunately, like most young players who play for a club with the stature of Manchester United.