When Adnan Januzaj came to Dortmund, it presented the young Belgian forward with an interesting opportunity. Out of favor at Manchester United, Januzaj had the chance to turn his young career around when he decided to accept a loan move to Dortmund. Despite warnings from United manager Louis van Gaal that Januzaj would not get first team experience, the Belgian left Old Trafford temporarily for Germany.
One word to describe his loan: disappointing.
I remember finding out the news of the loan and thinking "Hmm...interesting. He could really make himself a big name if he commits himself."
With players like Aubameyang and Reus ahead of Januzaj in the pecking order, the task of getting first team caps wouldn't be easy. But it was doable.
Now granted, you couldn't have predicted Auba's meteoric rise and Marco Reus is, well, Marco Reus. However, had Januzaj shown some semblance of heart, maybe, just maybe, he would've seen more match action.
Only a few short months after his loan began, it ended just as quickly. By mutual consent, Januzaj has agreed to head back to Manchester, and crazily enough, the seemingly bored van Gaal has given him another chance.
Not only had most people by now forgotten about Januzaj, but he somehow will get another chance with a club he snubbed. Ridiculous.
Tomas Tuchel, in a recent article for Fox Sports, was quoted as saying that Januzaj "lacked the desire and attitude you need to progress at his age."
In a way, he is a microcosm of the mess over on the red side of Manchester. It's filled with a bunch of young players with poor attitude and no desire to get any better.
So with that we say, good riddance Adnan. The only time we want to see you back in Dortmund is to get thrashed in a UEFA contest like the embarrassment you are.