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Friday, 12 September 2014

Welbeck can flourish

In a hectic transfer window one of the most surprising deals was that of Danny Welbeck as he swapped Manchester for London in a sixteen million pound move.

Like fellow teammateTom Cleverley who also headed for the exit door on deadline day, this move could work wonders for Welbeck and his career, he could progress from the average player he is to the star that was expected of him when he burst onto the scene.

"He played three seasons for the first team, but he doesn't have the record of Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney. And that is the standard," Van Gaal said when explaining why he let the young Englishman go.

His 29 goals in 142 games is not a glamorous record when put up against his replacement Radamel Falcao who possesses a phenomenal record of 220 goals in 356 games, this does not truly reflect the impact of Welbeck who for much of his United career has been played on the wings compared to Falcao who has been a number nine for his entire career.

The move to Arsenal could see Welbeck blossom into the goal-scoring striker that he has for so long threatened to become, especially now that we would expect he will be the main man up-front for the Gunners due to their lack of depth in the area and the lengthy absence of Giroud through injury.

You can’t help but feel a sense of de-ja-vu with this transfer thinking back to fellow Englishman Daniel Sturridge’s move from Chelsea to Liverpool, while at Chelsea Sturridge was not seen as a main striking option and was played frequently on the wing, hence his poor goal-scoring record of 13 goals in 63 games.

Since his move to Liverpool in January 2013 Sturridge, while playing in a more central role, has scored a total of 36 goals in 52 games, his International career has also benefited becoming the main striker and scoring 5 goals in the 12 games sine his Anfield move.

Welbeck will hope to follow in these footsteps and following his double against Switzerland last week he has already shown if given the chance he can score goals at the highest level.

Arsene Wenger is known for developing young players and pacey 23-year-old Danny Welbeck will be hoping he has made the right move at the right time to further his career.