Danny Welbeck is showing that when played in the correct position he can find the net. He scored yet again for Manchester United during their 3-1 win at home to West Ham United.
Welbeck has now scored three goals in his last two Premier League games. Although he isn’t proving as prolific as those strikers in the League who grab the headlines, Welbeck is proving his worth and silencing a few critics.
Over the past two years Welbeck has commonly been picked to play out on the left hand side on the wing. That’s not too much of a surprise when you consider that the other United forwards are Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez – all international talents. But Welbeck isn’t a winger. That is obvious; he developed as a central forward, and that is where he can reach his best.
With Van Persie out injured and United’s lack of creativity in midfield, David Moyes has given Welbeck the chances recently to play in that role upfront as the leading forward for United. The results are quite positive from that as well. He now has the opportunity to get the service into himself rather than being one of those mainly involved in building up the play. The number of chances he is getting is rising, and at times when United has needed goals he is hitting the target.
I am sure some will argue that Welbeck’s three recent goals have been average and nothing to get excited about. Which is true, but to be a goal scorer you need to be able to get in the positions to be on the end of a cross. He clearly has creativity within his game also with his back heel to Rooney leading to his opener against West Ham.
England boss Roy Hodgson has also played Welbeck on the wing in recent international fixtures. With England’s lack of left wing options, he’s become the next best alternative. But when selected to lead the line, he’s proved his worth – since Hodgson took over he has been England’s second top goal scorer with eight, only Rooney has more with ten.
The truth is, Welbeck needs to add more goals to his game. But part of the reason to the lack of them has been due to him playing out of his preferred position. Now that he is playing there he is finding the net and proving rather important. He only recently turned 23 so there is a big future still ahead for Welbeck.