Adnan Januzaj has explained the reasons behind why he joined Sunderland on loan this summer, stating his desire to have regular game time in the Premier League.
The Belgian had an unsuccessful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund after being ostracised by Louis van Gaal last season, and only played for a total of 17 minutes after being called back in February.
After being omitted from Jose Mourinho’s first team squad during pre-season, Januzaj joined David Moyes’ Sunderland on a season long loan.
Speaking to Sunderland’s official website, the youngster voiced his enthusiasm at the prospect of playing regular first team football.
“I am looking forward to playing my football — I came here to get games and to play for this club because the manger gave me the opportunity to prove myself again,” he said.
“I am really happy to be here. We have a very good group, very nice lads, very good coaches and obviously the fans are unbelievable.
“I am 21 and I want to play games, so I came here to play. I look forward to the next game [against Middlesbrough], I heard that it is a derby game and hopefully we will go for the win.
“Of course I look forward to working with him [Moyes]. I always enjoyed playing in his team with the freedom and confidence he gives me. Once you have that confidence you can make things happen.”
For a player sapped of confidence, returning to work under the manager who oversaw the zenith of your career is a wise move. Januzaj, at times, cut a dejected, sheepish figure out on the flank under van Gaal, unable to unleash the attacking zeal that had hallmarked his performances under the Scot.
The 21-year-old now has a chance to revive his career at the Stadium of Light. And at such a young age, Januzaj has plenty of time to rediscover the blistering form that consumed supporters last season.