Manchester United are reportedly set to sanction the loan of Adnan Januzaj to Everton for the entirety of next season, with another heavy summer of investment at Old Trafford likely to restrict the Belgian’s first-team opportunities.
Regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the global game, the Kosovan-born string puller has found himself on the fringes of Louis van Gaal’s grand plan for the first team in recent weeks.
Only seven of his 17 Premier League appearances thus far have been from the off, with the most recent coming in the Red Devils’ 1-0 reverse at Chelsea.
Such is the strength of Man Utd’s squad that Angel Di Maria, the most expensive player in the history of English football, is struggling to get a game of late.
Marquee names of this calibre are expected to be choppered into the Theatre of Dreams during pre-season as the club look to make an assault on the title next term so sending prospects such as Januzaj out on loan is a logical move and where better to pack him off to than Everton?
The Toffees’ recent exploits in the temporary market suggest this a move that all parties will benefit from.
Christian Atsu aside, the bulk of their recent borrows have savoured successful stints on Merseyside and Roberto Martinez’s attacking style designed to encourage self-expression from creative players is sure to augment Januzaj’s development.
Romelu Lukaku is the obvious example, with the Belgian bagging 15 goals and six assists in a stellar campaign that preceded a £28m permanent move to Goodison Park from extortion extraordinaires Chelsea.
He’s not the only man to uproot trees during a short-stay at Everton.
Gareth Barry was another Martinez borrowed during his first season at the club.
So spectacular were his performances anchoring the Toffees midfield that even those offering the most staunch opposition to his international inclusion were calling for Roy Hodgson to include him in the World Cup squad.
Gerard Deulofeu sparkled sporadically when unfurled from the bench, scoring three and assisting as many after being afforded just nine starts, including a humdinger during a 1-1 draw at Arsenal.
Should Martinez’s magic touch strike again with Januzaj, as it did with the aforementioned trio, the fledgling Belgian superstar is sure to flourish in 2015/16.