Borussia Dortmund fans don’t expect Adnan Januzaj to play much

by Sam Koster

Adnan Januzaj yesterday completed his season long loan move to Borussia Dortmund but not every Manchester United fan was happy to see him leave.

The 20-year-old Belgian had only recently put in an excellent goalscoring performance against Club Brugge and many expected him to play regularly this season under Louis van Gaal.

We wanted to find out what Borussia Dortmund fans thought of the transfer, so we had a chat with Dortmund expert Luca to hear his thoughts on the transfer.

1. What is your initial reaction to the Adnan Januzaj loan deal?

“I don’t get it from Manchester United’s perspective because he’s less likely to feature for us than for Man United.

“For Borussia Dortmund, it’s not a good sign to get a player on loan without an option to buy.

“For Januzaj I’m not sure either because of the first reason I stated. He does complete our squad but will be a nice backup, though.”

2. Are Borussia Dortmund fans excited to have signed him on loan?

“Most fans will feel the same as me in that he’s a good player but is not good enough to push Reus or Mkhitaryan out of the starting XI. He will be a substitute for us mainly.”

3. How much game time will he get this season at Dortmund?

“He will play whenever Reus (or Mkhitaryan) is injured or gets a break, probably not all that much.”

4. If he does play, what position is he most likely to be used in?

“Tuchel likes to play with fake/inverted wingers and wanted a left-footed player for the right side, so that’s where he will most likely feature the most.”

It’s concerning to hear that Dortmund fans don’t expect Januzaj to be in their starting XI much at all unless injuries change the situation because that’s the only reason a loan spell is good for him – if he can get regular game time under his belt.

The traditionalist in us looks to the fact Januzaj was given the No.9 shirt as an indicator he will be a regular for Dortmund but the reality is that’s probably not the case. He’ll have to fight for his spot and will be down the pecking order to start with.

If Januzaj can get regular games then Dortmund could be a wonderful loan spell for him. If he spends more time on the bench than on the pitch, it will be a real cause for concern.

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