What a week it has been in the life of Danny Welbeck. The excitement of a Deadline day move was met with a huge amount of indecision, certainly from the Arsenal fans waiting with baited breath outside the Emirates.
Some were certainly underwhelmed with the fact that we had signed him, when the likes of Falcao was going to ensure that Robin Van Persie is now a very well paid sub at Man Utd. (That alone makes the deal worth a bit more value)
Then, in the aftermath a few days passed and you could see that a lot of fans were warming to his inclusion and that it may be a very cunning deal for Arsenal. However, you could see that there again was still some of the UK media and ‘so called’ expert pundits who were yet to be assured that he was a good deal and many have since come forth and spoken.
As you’d expect you had the usual trolling on social media, that perhaps Welbeck was not as good a deal as perhaps Remy (£10.5m) or Balotelli who went to Liverpool for the same money. And this is all before the lad had kicked a ball at Arsenal, and remember who is only 23.
Did he want to leave Utd? Probably not. Did he do it to improve his chances of playing in the position he believes is his best and to be at a club that is going places again and that can nurture him into a top striker? Most likely.
Ian Wright was 22 when he turned pro….
Then, there was the Euro Qualifiers, which in my opinion has come way to soon into a new season as these international do each year and it has already effected the fitness of Aaron Ramsey and he is now a doubt for the Citeh game on Saturday.
But the highlight in the press was Danny Welbeck’s brace and contribution in a difficult away game against a Swiss side who’d not lost a competitive match at home in 4 years. Then the floodgates open.
Jamie Redknapp, who I love the fact is beginning to develop the same twitch as his father Harry, has labelled Welbeck the ‘Bargain of the Century’. A player who has been at Utd for a good few years, has plenty of Premier League and European experience yet has never really set the world alight is now the given such a worthy status. I would back that Redknapp has never before mentioned Welbeck with such a strong supporting statement in any other time in the fellas career whilst he was at Utd yet scores 2 goals, becomes bargain of the century.
He’s not the only one either, there are plenty of others who are now jumping on the band wagon about how good Welbeck may be, and what a fantastic signing he now is and they have judged that on one game in Switzerland. To me, I see that as poor punditry and any fan can see that perhaps this can be a good signing, without the need to have the obvious stated from someone who spent more time on the injury table then he did on the pitch like Redknapp.
In one week, Welbeck has gone from being under-hyped and underwhelmed on the day that he signed to now being this world beating animal that we can expect to score a Hat-trick on his debut against the Champions on Saturday, and that is not even from Arsenal fans- it’s totally ludicrous.
Even though I do expect him to be a great addition, and I am glad he has been able to build up some confidence and momentum with the goals for England, I don’t think we should put too much pressure on him, as its probably only today he is training with his new team.
Let’s let him get some games under his belt in the team as a striker, and we can assess it then. If everyone is being completely honest you say this about him. Has heaps of potential yet never really found it apart from a few occasions. He has played out of position but has a chance to change his fortunes. (FULL STOP)
But really my point is that why can’t I read or watch ‘Football Experts’ or experienced football writers write about the game as they see it, about an idea that perhaps a usual fan may have missed, about a player that for whatever reasons may come good, rather than to wait till they produce in one game and then claim that ‘I told you so status’ when giving your thoughts on a certain story.
Redknapp, Carragher, Andy Townsend, Danny Mills are the few also that spring to mind. They pick up healthy salaries each week from telling you exactly what you already have witnessed and can decide for yourself, or for making allegations similar to Redknapp that may pay off for him in time and I am sure each time Welbeck scores he will mention it. I will be interested to see what he will say if Welbeck flops.
Surely being as they experts apparently we can assume that the amount we pay to watch football matches that we should expect more than that?
The other day I watched Everton versus Arsenal live on the telly. The commentator was Jim Beglin. Arsenal were two nil down with 15 or so minutes to go. He was talking absolute rubbish and gave no expert advice on the game at all and I was so angry I had to turn the sound down as I couldn’t listen to the waffle that he was saying. Once Giroud scored the equaliser, I turned the sound back up and his thoughts had now completely reversed and Arsenal were the best thing since Danny Welbeck signed for Arsenal (according to Redknapp)- so annoying!
However, I would say that there are some pundits who in my opinion are very good. Gary Neville, as much as I hated him as a player he talks a great deal of sense. Why can’t the 2 Jamie’s take a note from him.
Anyway, bigger news to follow this week with a huge match on Saturday.