He's fast once he gets going. But he doesn't have that explosive pace that you want from a winger.januzaj not having pace is not up for debate. he has pace. loads of it. anyone who thinks otherwise is being daft.
if we're going to nitpick on AJ, surely there are other areas of his game that warrant it more?
I agree. Top speed means nothing if we play that LvG risk-free possession game. He has the skills to beat a defender when on low speed though (something Di Maria isn’t very good at- he thrives at top speed dribbling).I don't think his top speed is awful, but he lacks great acceleration. That first 10 yards is so important for good wingers (sterling,Neymar,Hazard,Moura etc). While he is quick enough to beat most people when moving he struggles from a standstill IMO.
Exactly.Perhaps he looks slower because sometimes he takes too long on the ball. Also we pass it quite slowly so he never has that much space to have a go.
Read the numbers. Means that in a race for the ball from the halfway line to the byline, Mousa Sissoko could give him a two yard start and still beat him to the ball. (Which could be relevant as we're about to play Newcastle.) Speed isn't his primary asset - he's not likely to beat many players by pushing the ball past them and sprinting - but that's not really a surprise to anyone who's watched him. Doesn't mean he's slow, he's just not fast enough to use speed as a weapon.
Good points. We do not feed our wingers quickly enough. By the time they get the ball, the opposition has got men behind the ball and a couple of markers sitting on the winger. A fast ball into space on the counter allows the winger to build up speed and attack the full back. Both Young and Januzaj would benefit from this but our no-risk style of play of late has cut this out of our game somewhat.What did you lot expect him to do? Newcastle parked the bus, did you expect him to play the no risk passes or expect him to try and make things happen. In such matches it's very difficult for a winger, dribble 2 times and there are 2 players in front if you, pass the ball backwards and you have no influence.. Only the likesnof Robben, Ribery, Messi can handle these situations perfectly.
... So do you agree with some of the enlightened folk here that he needs to go on loan?He struggled to get going as a sub, particularly as Newcastle were happy with sitting back in numbers for much of the match. He did play some nice crosses and passes, but given that Newcastle were sitting back in numbers, it was never easy for him to get going as he was double-teamed for much of the time.
Yup... That's possession football for you.Commentator was hitting the nail on the head tonight.
The way we play just isn't how it used to be and it doesn't suit Januzaj at all.
It used to be turn and run at the opposition now when we receive the ball and would normally run and counter attack with them out of position we stop and let them get back into shape and start passing back and forward, does my head in.
No, I don't think so. He's getting quite a bit of match time here, particularly recently, and he's starting to adapt to van Gaal's ways. Next season, I believe van Gaal will finally have his team set up properly, and this should give Januzaj a better platform to establish his place in.... So do you agree with some of the enlightened folk here that he needs to go on loan?