Ahead of their clash against Arsenal at the Emirates, Hull City boss Steve Bruce has pinpointed Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck as the biggest threat on the field.
Danny Welbeck had previously been sent on loan to Sunderland when Bruce was the manager, and the manager says that his talent was obvious even then. Welbeck is a product of the Manchester United academy, having played there since his childhood days. When Louis van Gaal took charge of the Red Devils this season however, the Englishman was deemed surplus to requirements.
But Steve Bruce has stated that in this case United’s loss is definitely Arsenal’s gain, and both the player and the club will benefit from the transfer. At United, where there were more established strikers like Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck was relegated to playing out wide on the left rather that in the centre of the field, his preferred position.
But at Arsenal he is given free rein in his preferred role, and has already scored four times in his first six games. Bruce believes that this will do wonders for his confidence and development and ultimately benefit the Gunners.
Danny is a top, top player, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind about that. And I believe he could play in any of the top teams around Europe.
When I was Sunderland manager four years ago, I took Danny on loan for a season because he was at the stage of his development where he needed to go and play week-in, week-out in the Premier League.
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I got the boy, and then sent him back to United a man. And, after working with him, I know for sure that he’s good enough to get into any side, anywhere.
The ironic thing with Danny is that his adaptability has worked against him. When you’ve got Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Falcao, where are you going to put him at United?
Having that kind of talent at your disposal gives the manager a big decision to make in any case. So you play Danny down the left and what happens?
People start criticising his goalscoring record. But, believe me, you stick him down the middle as a striker and he will score plenty, that’s for sure.
Arsene Wenger certainly had that in mind when he signed the youngster for £16 million on deadline day. So far, Welbeck has been a decent performer and if he continues in this vein of form, this might turn out to be a great purchase for the club.