• Does Danny Welbeck Have a Chance to Finally Reach His Potential at Brighton?

    Danny Welbeck is one of those players that seems to have been around forever. He has played for six different clubs since 2008, and has also been on the international stage since 2006 when he was picked for the England U-17 side. While many people may have suspected he was nearing retirement, the Manchester-born forward is actually only 30 years old. Injury troubles have stunted Welbeck’s progress over the years, but at Brighton he has the chance to silence his doubters and fulfil his potential.

    Welbeck Never Quite Made The Big Time

    Welbeck was one of those players who looked destined for greatness from an incredibly early age. He was identified as a potential addition to the Manchester United youth academy at the age of six. After impressing further for his local team, Fletcher Moss, the player was picked up by the Premier League giants when he was eight.

    Promoted to the senior team in 2008, Welbeck was soon sent out on loans to Preston North End and Sunderland in 2010 and 2011. Upon his return to Old Trafford, it appeared as though Sir Alex Ferguson was ready to use the player more and turn him into a superstar. Unfortunately for Welbeck, the legendary manager left in 2013. One year later, Louis Van Gaal opted to sell the striker to Arsenal in order to make space for Radamel Falcao – a move that was heavily criticised.

    Welbeck was crippled with injuries throughout his time with the Gunners, and only mustered 88 league appearances and 16 goals across four seasons with the club.

    Extra Attacking Edge Will be Vital

    After years of struggling to live up to his promise, Welbeck could may have just been given a new lease of life at Brighton. Having him join up as a free transfer for one season looks like a shrewd bit of business who already have other solid options in the final third. Graham Potter now has Neal Maupay, Aaron Connolly, and Welbeck to call upon in attack. Each of these players brings something different, meaning that the manager will be able to mix up his tactics over the course of the campaign.

    This extra attacking edge will definitely improve Brighton’s chances of finishing the season in the top half of the Premier League. As of the 27th of November, the Seagulls can be backed at around 11/2 in the Premier League betting to finish in the top ten. With a lot of quality in the division, it will be a challenge for Potter’s men to end in such a lofty position. However, Welbeck could provide that additional quality that they need.

    Welbeck May Have Euros in Mind

    Despite his regular injury problems, Welbeck has managed to rack up a respectable number of showings for England. Since his debut under Fabio Capello in 2011, Welbeck has made 42 appearances for the national side. He has scored 16 goals in that time, some of which have been absolutely incredible. There are a number of other strikers that are at the forefront of Gareth Southgate’s thinking at the moment, but Brighton’s new marksman will be eyeing up an opportunity to muscle his way into contention.

    If Welbeck can stay fit for the full campaign and become a first team regular in Potter’s side, he may be able to get the form together to force his way into Southgate’s thinking. There is no denying that on Welbeck’s day, he is one of the most natural goalscorers of all the options available for the Three Lions. His predatory instincts and strong hold-up play can provide another dimension to the England attack and could provide Southgate with more options.

    In his early matches in a Brighton shirt, Welbeck has already shown that he still has the hunger to put the ball in the back of the net. All he needs to do is stay fit and he could recapture his deadly instincts of old. After getting a full season under his belt at the Amex Stadium, he may be hard for Southgate to ignore when it comes to picking the England side for the Euros.

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