Adnan Januzaj has been in training with Borussia Dortmund ahead of their UEFA Europa League tie against FC Krasnodar on Thursday.
The 20-year-old has played a bit part role in Dortmund’s campaign so far having failed to make enough of an impression on boss Thomas Tuchel to earn himself a regular starting role.
This Europa League fixture is, on paper, the right time to use Januzaj but he’s hardly been used in any competition at all. Instead, he’s had to settle almost exclusively for second half cameo appearances and at a crucial development stage in his career, he’s stagnating on the bench.
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— Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) November 23, 2015
The worst part of it all is that we all knew full well the risks involved in Januzaj joining such a big club on loan but I feel he may have been slightly naive himself in how much game time he expected. I’d like to think he didn’t move to Dortmund with the intention of warming their bench all season and I don’t believe he did.
Unfortunately for Adnan, nothing will change unless circumstances dictate in Dortmund, such as an injury to Marco Reus or Shinji Kagawa. If that were to happen then he’d be pushed up the pecking order but until then, training sessions and the occasional appearance from the bench are what he’s going to have to get used to for the full season.