Being in the transitional period that they currently are, it is inevitable that players will come and go at Manchester United throughout the next few transfer windows. But one player being linked with an exit before the current transfer window closes on Monday the club really needs to keep hold of is striker Danny Welbeck.
Welbeck was recently linked with a shock exit from Old Trafford, but since then the rumors have only intensified and it seems that United are genuinely open to the idea of selling the England international in the coming days. However, if United do proceed with the sale of Welbeck, the club would be hurting the team and limiting their own resources in the process.
In Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, United have two world class strikers in their starting lineup. Between the two of them, United have everything they could want from a pairing; well, everything except the athletic ability that Welbeck can offer from the bench. Together, Rooney and van Persie offer skill, invention, vision, finishing, movement, passing, work rate, desire and a lot more — pretty much the full package. But they just do not offer the pace and power that Welbeck does.
It’s no secret that Welbeck just doesn’t score enough goals, but you still cannot ignore what he does offer the team. In terms of having a different option and the ability to throw something different at the opponent than they have been seeing for much of the game, Welbeck offers a great alternative to van Persie and Rooney. Javier Hernandez is another United striker who offers finishing ability and movement, but he too does not bring to the table what Welbeck offers.
Despite having little chance to ever displace Rooney or van Persie from the starting lineup, Welbeck is still the only United striker who can hold the ball up, run in behind the defense to create space for others and just generally offer some variety to the attack. The club could obviously go and buy a replacement to bring those attributes, but chances are that’s a move which will cost them more money overall in transfer fees and wages than Welbeck currently has.
The idea makes little a sense from every perspective. Although Welbeck may not be one of United’s better players, he is still a necessary player, and the team will be worse off without him.