Manchester United youngster Danny Welbeck says his time on loan has made him a more experienced and well rounded footballer as the striker makes his return to Old Trafford to prepare for the season ahead.
The 20-year-old starred for Sunderland last season, and while Steve Bruce admitted he would buy Welbeck if United would be willing to sell, Sir Alex Ferguson has made it clear that the club’s long term plans included bringing the youngster back to the club this summer.
And Welbeck, who joined United on their pre-season tour of the USA and scored in the side’s 4-0 win over MLS All Stars, has hopes to emulate Barclays Premier League starlets Jack Wilshere and Javier Hernandez in his quest for success.
“Jack Wilshere is a prime example of how things work," said Welbeck. “He went to Bolton and did really well, then he went back to Arsenal and really kicked on. It is something quite a few of the young boys look at and think if he can do it, so can we.
“My time at Sunderland has benefited me massively. It was a different part of my career. I went there as a boy and came back as a man.”
Welbeck is using 'Chicharito' as an example of how consistency can be key to playing regular football at Old Trafford, irrespective of experience, age or transfer fee. “What Javier did shows you that if you’re in form, the manager plays you – and he is always going to give youth a chance as well," he continued.
“Javier was not starting most of the games at the start of the season but he was in the side later and was on top form.“
Despite the tough competition for the striker places at United, with Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and a host of other names in the mix, Welbeck has a plan to get noticed by Ferguson as soon as possible.
"We have got good competition among the strikers at United so you have just got to go out there and show what you can do. I think I can break through if I get my opportunity and I’m going to give it the best shot I can. It was the best thing for me to go on loan and get minutes under my belt.”