Manchester United's versatile forward Danny Welbeck has admitted that his goal-tally in the 2012/13 season was insufficient.
The 23-year-old England man notched a very underwhelming one goal in the Premier League last season, coming in United's 4-2 home victory against Stoke in October.
Despite an increase in game time for his club side, Welbeck has struggled to find the net for the Red Devils even in comparison to the 2011/12 season, which he scored 10 goals domestically while largely coming off the bench.
Welbeck may be subject to scrutiny following his poor statistics, but the young forward believes that he is progressing well.
He told MUTV: "This season has been the most number of matches I have played and my performances have been a lot more consistent but the goals return has not been good at all."
The young striker has received an abundance of support from his former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who compared him to ex-Arsenal great Nwankwo Kanu, but with more pace and strength. Ferguson also described Welbeck as a " fantastic asset", lauding him for the adaptability he showed and the selflessness shown by his exertions in positions he'd prefer not to be in at times.
Welbeck believes that his lack of goalscoring touch for his club has been a result of being played in a number of positions other than his preferred position as a frontman, which can be backed up by his extremely impressive international stats.
Having played 10 games for his country, the Manchester United frontman has scored three goals, all coming when playing in his preferred position.
Welbeck continued by saying: "I do feel if I can get a better goals return I will be flying. I want to be up front and scoring goals. If I am playing on the wings I still want to score more goals but preferably I will be up front and scoring goals there."
The question that arises, however, is whether he will get the chance to develop into the player he wants to be at United.
With world class strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie already on the books at Old Trafford and strong rumours of new manager David Moyes willing to break open the bank account for highly rated Polish international Robert Lewandowski and ex-United star Cristiano Ronaldo - will Welbeck be given the time and support to flourish as a centre-forward?
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