David Moyes is back in the Premier League, as Sunderland manager. For his first signing, he appears to be targeting his best player from his last gig on these shores.
Not much went right for the former Everton man while he was Manchester United boss, but the emergence of Adnan Januzaj during that campaign was one of his few success stories.
The Belgian winger’s career stalled almost immediately after Moyes’ Old Trafford departure, but could now get a kickstart with his old boss’ Stadium of Light appointment.
The Daily Mail suggest that signing Januzaj on loan is first on Moyes’ to-do list at his new club.
The 21-year-old forward is unwanted at Old Trafford despite Jose Mourinho arriving to succeed Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman rarely considered Januzaj for first-team duties and even shipped the youngster out to Borussia Dortmund on loan last season. It appears Mourinho has similar plans.
Ironically, it was at the Stadium of Light where the Belgian made his full United debut, repaying Moyes’ selection with a brace in a 2-1 win.
Now he could spend the entire season in the north east as he bids to regain a regular starting role either with Sunderland or somewhere else.
During that 2013/14 season, Moyes used Januzaj in 27 Premier League matches, with 15 of those appearances coming in the starting XI.
The Brussels native scored four goals and registered three assists in that time, averaging 1.9 successful dribbles and 1.7 shots per game to boot. Both of those latter two figures remain the best in his career.
Not only would the move benefit the player, it would strengthen a Sunderland squad that has seen eight players leave this summer without any new faces replacing them.
The Black Cats are currently priced at 2/7 to stay up this season.
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