Adnan Januzaj has insisted that he is committed to Sunderland's relegation dog fight, despite claims that he does not care if the Black Cats go down.
Following a string of lacklustre performances for the Wearside club, disgruntled fans have questioned whether the Belgian has it in him to fight to retain the club's Premier League status.
The 22-year-old has featured 22 times for the Black Cats in all competitions this season, registering only one goal and three assists. This consistently poor form has led to manager David Moyes noting that Januzaj's style is too laid back, and that the Belgian needs a 'kick up the backside.'
However, Januzaj has hit back at his critics, claiming that being on loan from Manchester United is no factor towards his dip in form. "There might be some players who don't care when they go out on loan at another club," he said. "But I'm not like that.
"People might think I don't care because I am only on loan, but when you look I've also been happy to do the bad side of the job, the horrible side."
After leaving his boyhood club Anderlecht in 2013 for United, Januzaj was believed to be a promising talent to emerge from the club.
But due to strong competition for places, the youngster failed to hold down a regular place under both sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes. A disappointing loan move to Borussia Dortmund meant he moved back to Old Trafford before joining up with Moyes at Sunderland.
And Januzaj is hoping to be part of another Sunderland team to fight their way to Premier League survival. "When I go, I want to leave Sunderland in the Premier League, to say I was part of that team that kept the club up."