The Sunday Post (Dundee)
Moyes: ‘Adnan must suffer to get better’
SUNDERLAND boss David Moyes has warned Adnan Januzaj there is no gain without pain.
The on-loan Manchester United forward, 21, could make his first start for the Black Cats in today’s Wear-Tees derby at the Stadium of Light against Middlesbrough.
Januzaj has happy memories of his first visit to Wearside in 2013 – he scored twice on his full debut as a Moyes-managed United won 2-1.
Now Moyes wants the Belgian, who spent a frustrating loan spell with Borussia Dortmund last season, to do the hard yards and prove he has what it takes to get to the top.
Moyes said: “The big thing for me in that game here was that Adnan scored two great goals and it was a wee bit of the emergence of this boy.
“We’d seen him in pre-season with United – it was him and Jesse Lingard who were the two boys who had featured in pre-season.
“We really liked the two of them and we gave Adnan the chance. He was playing so well and the supporters were seeing what he was doing – creating goals and scoring goals.
“I hope he’s still going to do it. He wants to, he’s determined to show he’s a good player.
“He feels he’s not had enough playing time. But I’ve told him, ‘Not all managers are wrong.’ “That’s why I emphasise he has to be a team player, not just an individual, and I’ve told him that.
“He has the ability to put people on the back foot and make things happen, but I need to see a bit of pain in his face.
“I’m hoping to see the Adnan I know who can perform.
“He’s not a one-man show, he has to make sure he’s producing for the team. We need goalscorers – and he has the ability to do that.
“I think Dortmund was difficult. I know he’s Belgian but it’s not easy to go abroad if you’re a young player and maybe the choice to go to Dortmund might not have been the right one.’’
Ex-Real Sociedad boss Moyes admits he attempted to sign Boro striker Alvaro Negredo – on loan from Valencia – when he was in charge of Everton.
He said: “Negredo is a good signing. I liked Negredo when he was at Manchester City and I know him from Spain as well.
“I went out to watch Negredo to sign him for Everton – I tried to sign him before he went to City.’’
And Moyes admires the job Aitor Karanka has done as Boro boss. He added: “I think he’s done a good job – obviously I knew him when he worked for Jose Mourinho in the early days.
“He’ll be gaining experience of being a coach himself and he’s done a good job in the last couple of years.
“It’s not easy getting out of the Championship – not for anybody.’’