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Sunderland fans must wonder where this version of Adnan Januzaj has come from

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Sunderland fans must wonder where this version of Adnan Januzaj has come from

The Belgian scored the winner v England and is being tipped to feature v Japan.

Belgium take on Japan in the World Cup tomorrow, looking to continue their impressive form in Russia. The last game the Red Devils played was, of course, against England. They won that game 1-0. The moment of magic that separated the sides came from Adnan Januzaj. Once again it was a moment which must have left Sunderland fans perplexed.

It’s not the first time it has happened at this World Cup. Ola Toivonen scoring v Germany had Black Cats fans scratching their heads. Januzaj is another player who, at Sunderland, was a flop.

The former Manchester United youngster went with his old boss David Moyes to the Stadium of Light. He was at the club on loan in 2016-17, following a dire time at Borussia Dortmund. But Januzaj never looked up for the fight. He played 25 times in the league, failed to score, and Sunderland were relegated.

(during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Stoke City at Stadium of Light on January 14, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

But he has since reinvented himself at Real Sociedad. Now he looks like the sort of talent that first emerged at Old Trafford in 2013. Sunderland fans will no doubt be wondering where such displays were when he was on Wearside.

His goal against England was tremendous. In a sense of irony, he scored it after selling former Sunderland loanee Danny Rose a beautiful dummy and bent the ball over his former Sunderland team-mate, Jordan Pickford.

Now there are Belgium fans calling for Januzaj to feature, at least from the bench, in the game with Japan.

Sunderland, it seems, just got the worst version of the talented attacker.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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