Adnan Januzaj has drawn praise following a sensational performance during Sunderland’s 1-0 win over Watford in the Premier League last weekend.
The Belgian, after failing to breach Jose Mourinho’s first team at Man United, joined the Black Cats on loan back in August.
A 49th minute Patrick van Aanholt goal, which came after a blistering Januzaj run that left Younes Kaboul flatfooted, proved enough to lift David Moyes’ side off the bottom of the table.
Here is a highlight reel of the youngster’s performance on Saturday.
There is no doubt that Januzaj, at the best of times, can serve as a cause for frustration. Watching him against Watford was indeed an irritating experience, especially in the first half, where the 21-year-old’s constant failure to keep possession evinced groans from the stands.
But then there is the other side of Januzaj – a side first seen at the Stadium of Light, all the way back in October 2013. Januzaj, aged just 18 at the time, produced two moments of game changing brilliance and duly handed Moyes a much-needed win. Such is the way with Januzaj: generally unreliable, capable of losing the ball on a regular basis, but also blessed with the ability to swing the momentum of a game with one moment of true individual class.