According to reports both from England and Germany, Borussia Dortmund will terminate 20-year-old attacking midfielder Adnan Januzaj’s loan spell at the Westfalenstadion this week.
The Times’ James Ducker wrote that “Januzaj is expected to return to Manchester this week with a formal announcement expected once the paperwork has been completed.”
The Belgium international had joined Dortmund on the last day of the summer window, August 31. The highly touted winger only appeared in 12 games for the Black and Yellows, failing make a single start in the Bundesliga. After a poor performance in the Europa League match against PAOK in early December, Januzaj didn’t even make the bench for the rest of the year.
As Lewis Ambrose pointed out at the time of his signing at the Westfalenstadion, the deal always was a peculiar one. Now we can firmly say it hasn’t worked out the way any of the three parties involved imagined.
The fact that the Red Devils would take him back after just six months – despite the fact that the 20-year-old isn’t eligible to play for them in Europe this season – is telling.
After selling Jonas Hofmann to Borussia Mönchengladbach earlier in the current transfer window, it seems logical to think that Dortmund will have to get a replacement in January. Both back-up wingers are now gone, and Gonzalo Castro can’t be the only player for Thomas Tuchel to play and give regular starters Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus much-needed rest in what shapes up to be a very busy second half of the season.
Some fans might hope that Felix Passlack and Christian Pulisic, both of whom will train with the first team from now on, can take on some kind of role in Tuchel’s squad, but that’s probably too much to ask for considering they’ll only turn 18 in May and September, respectively.
The Black and Yellows’ supporters can expect a flurry of transfer rumours in the coming days – perhaps even weeks. Make sure to check back with us for updates.