Saidy Janko a right-back or a right-winger? Janko is a 19-year-old Swiss international who made his debut in the game against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. After being substituted at half time against MK Dons we did not see Janko in the first team for the rest of the season as he continued to play for the U21’s. In the January transfer window he went on loan for the remainder of the season to Bolton Wanderers in the hope for some first team football.
Although Janko went on loan he only managed to make 10 appearances in which he scored a wonder goal against Fulham on his debut. The goal was outside the box, which was smashed into the back of the net. It shows that he has ‘some shot’ on him. What separates him from Manchester United’s current right-backs Antonio Valencia and Rafael da Silva is that he can take on players. As he is young his playing style is adventurous and he is always looking to take on players and get the cross into the box. He shows various skills as he can drill the ball in low or whip in a ball to find the head of another player.
Janko shows the qualities of a great right-winger, however how is he as a right-back? I feel as if he is over-confident times, in his own half he is trying to take on people with the ball and as he is attacking minded if he enjoys being further up the pitch, this can cost the team as he leaves the right side of the defence wide open for the opponent to attack. The U21’s coach Warren Joyce said:
“He came over on trial and made the most of his opportunity. He’s certainly a powerful boy. There are a lot of things that he has got to improve on but he is strong, quick and can go past people. He’s got some raw materials that we can work with.”
Joyce seems to believe in Janko and I feel as if he is what we require. Louis van Gaal needs to give him first team football to develop. At Bolton he only had ten appearances and therefore we did not get to see him a lot. However for the U21’s he looks like a promising young talent and he is committed to become a first team player. Janko said:
“I want to prove myself here at Bolton and then maybe I can show United I can get another contract there.
“We will see; the doors are open.”
Overall I think that United should feed Janko first team football, although he is young I still think he could be an integral part of United’s defence. He would give the team versatility. He could fill in for injured players. I personally think that he should play as a right-winger as he has pace and the physical strength to take on players. He is young and adventurous. The Premier League may be tough for him, which is why I think he should feature in United’s Capital One Cup and maybe FA Cup matches next season. Give him more game time and he will prove to us why he is a Manchester United player.
This article was researched and written by Mitesh Sagar. You can follow him on Twitter.