Danny Welbeck has a deft first touch, superb ball control, good dribbling skills, the ability to take on and beat players and pace to burn.
These are the qualities often associated with quality wingers in the modern game. The very set of qualities that Welbeck possesses in his array of abilities.
Facts and figures speak for themselves. Welbeck has scored merely twice in all competitions this season in 33 appearances for Manchester United. Based on facts alone, Welbeck would not warrant a starting place in the United line up on a consistent basis, but the fact that the manager picks him indicates that Welbeck does bring something extra to the field.
Obviously Sir Alex Ferguson believes in his player and thus has used him repeatedly and even in crucial matches, such as the Champions League tie against Real Madrid.
One might ask what exactly Welbeck brings to the Red Devils. Definitely not his goals to game ratio. Perhaps it's the hard work he puts in every time he dons the red jersey. His unwavering determination and work rate is absolutely amazing. More than anything, it is his team contribution that is allowing him a place in the starting 11 at Old Trafford.
However, would it not be better if his strengths were put to better use in a role where he could possibly thrive? Given his severe lack of goals plus his current qualities he would serve as an effective winger.
His ability to pluck the ball from seemingly impossible angles has been demonstrated time and again. His speed at full flight can easily outpace most fullbacks in the premiere league. His close control and dribbling is decent and has room for improvement.
Perhaps allowing him to ply his trade on the wings would be a good way to develop him as a player. He could potentially be a better winger than he currently is as a striker.
He has so far not proven to be lethal in front of goal. His composure and finishing are not exactly his strong points. United could do better playing him wide while allowing Javier Hernandez more playing time upfront with Robin van Persie and Rooney playing "in the hole".
Despite being goal shy, Welbeck is young and still has plenty to offer United. For all his qualities that make him stand out as a footballer, I believe the most valuable asset he has is his determination and work rate which makes him a joy to watch.
Now imagine the damage he could do running rampant on the wings supplying the likes of van Persie and Hernandez.
At the same time developing his potential to make the step up to the central forward role or cementing his place on the wing. Either way, it is a win-win situation for the Red Devils and Danny Welbeck.
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