Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck coming of age
Welbeck believes he is learning from the experience of playing in different positions - and it is beginning to show
Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck feels that he has developed as a footballer over the past 12 months due to the fact that he has been playing across the attacking line and not only in his preferred central position upfront.
“I think my performances have been more consistent [for United]," the England international commented. "I haven’t always played in my preferred position but playing in different areas allows you to develop an understanding of the other attacking positions which can only benefit you as a player.”
The striker also echoed the general consensus about goals missing from his overall game by saying: “The one thing I want to do is score more goals."
Welbeck’s improvement over the past year is in part down to an impressive campaign for England in the European Championships, where he not only impressed with his tenacity and desire to close players down and win back the ball from the opposition but also made pundits and critics alike take notice of his immense potential to be a part England’s forward-line in the near future.
He explained: “The Euros was a really good tournament on a personal level and it gave me a lot of confidence coming into this season." And what a season it has proven to be for the young forward who has made his mark on a team boasting a strike-force with talents like Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.
With United almost certain to be crowned champions in the Premier League come the end of May, Welbeck’s contribution to the United cause cannot be ignored. His manager has asked him to play a variety of different roles for the team all across the forward-line from centre forward to playing as a right or left winger whatever the situation desires, and Welbeck has answered his manager’s call putting in outstanding performances with his ability to hold up the ball, run at defenders or dribble out of tight spaces.
Now a regular starter in big matches for Sir Alex’s side, Welbeck takes pride in representing his club against the bigger teams in Europe. Welbeck scored United’s only goal in the 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Champions League match against Real Madrid.
“It’s always great to be playing in the big games, but I want to play in every game!," Welbeck joked. "Of course, it gives you confidence, but it’s something I just try to take in my stride while focusing on continuing to improve and develop as a player."
Welbeck recently made his 100th appearance for Manchester United in the 2-1 derby defeat against Manchester City. With an abundance of talent, pace and trickery within his arsenal what makes Welbeck a star to watch is the fact that his work ethic is up there amongst the elite players of the game.
Manchester United surely have a future superstar on their hands and knowing Sir Alex’s ability of grooming talent - a certain Cristiano Ronaldo comes to mind - Welbeck is about to become a household name across the planet.
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