After an encouraging few seasons as part of the Manchester United squad, it appears Louis van Gaal may look to offload Danny Welbeck before the transfer window closes. He is believed to be available on either a permanent or a loan deal with lots of Premier League clubs being credited with an interest in the English international. The forward has played 91 times for Manchester United in the league, showing how he has forced his way to become a first team regular at the club, however this may be a sign that Van Gaal wants to improve the overall quality of the squad, as many consider Welbeck to not be good enough for the United squad.
In that time, Welbeck has only scored 20 times in the league, showing that he isn’t very prolific for a forward consistently playing in a side like Manchester United. That may be part of the reason the new manager is trying to get rid of the Englishman, however to be fair to Welbeck, he has played the majority of his games as a winger, with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney being used as the main strikers. The club has those two, Javier Hernandez and the talented youngster James Wilson in the squad, which makes Welbeck a viable candidate to be sold to make way for Angel di Maria.
The forward managed nine assists across those league games, which highlights that as well as his lack of goals, Welbeck wasn’t a creative force either, making him rather poor when it came to output. He is a clever passer of the ball, while he is also a very talented dribbler as he could often weave past opposition players, but his final ball lets him down and prevents him from becoming a top class striker. There is clearly a lot to work with in terms of ability, as top managers like Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Hodgson would testify, plus his hard working attitude will make him a great signing for the majority of top flight clubs.
He is still only 23 and his final ball will improve significantly as he approaches the prime of his career. If he is played regularly as a striker, he has all the attributes to become a regular scorer of 15+ goals a season in the Premier League, which should make him attractive to the likes of Everton, Newcastle and Southampton.
These are the kind of clubs Welbeck should be looking to move as he has the potential to grow with the club, and all of these teams could become regulars in Europe in the coming seasons, given their squads and stature. All three need more quality when it comes to their front lines. Although Everton have Lukaku, he will get injuries, and a second quality striker would be wanted by Roberto Martinez, while the other two lack a consistent scorer at this level, Welbeck would provide this given regular games up front. Tottenham could also be an option, given that Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor are hardly consistent, while the latter is very unpredictable.
The coming week will be intriguing at Manchester United as there is bound to be some departures and one or two more incomings, but Welbeck is likely to be the biggest name to leave. At his age, he needs regular football in his preferred position and he won’t get that at Old Trafford. Although he may yet stay at the club, Welbeck really does need to move on for the good of his career. It wouldn’t be bad for Van Gaal if Welbeck does stay as he will always put a hard working performance in, and he will need that at some stages this season. Also if Welbeck wants to challenge Daniel Sturridge at international level, he needs to be starting and scoring regularly in the Premier League, that simply won’t happen at Old Trafford.