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Danny Welbeck the perfect signing for Tottenham Hotspur

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Welbeck is back from injury (©GettyImages)
Welbeck is back from injury (©GettyImages).

Manchester United meet Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, two sides that haven't exactly lived up to pre-season expectations, Danny Welbeck will be in contention for a United starting place having recovered from a knee injury, but should he be a Spurs player at the moment?

Andre Villas-Boas went cash crazy when it became clear that Gareth Bale was heading off to Real Madrid for a world record fee and broke the club's transfer record fee three times over when purchasing Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela.

There was much excitement at the start of the campaign due to the face-lift of the Spurs side after they narrowly missed the Champions League two seasons in a row.

However, things at this stage are yet to go according to plan and AVB's charges have registered just nine goals in 12 games; only Crystal Palace and Sunderland in the bottom two have scored less goals. Their slow start was compounded last weekend with heavy defeat against Manchester City.

The White Hart Lane outfit have been criticized for their predictable build up play; wide forwards Andros Townsend and Lamela have both got a tendency to cut-in and look for a pass rather than run at the defence, they aren't direct enough.  

Costing £25 mil; you would expect Lamela to be better, at the moment it is looking like a monumental waste of money.

It isn't just Lamela though; players like Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nacer Chadli and Moussa Dembele have all failed to make a decent impression.

What they appear to lack is a wide-forward with a killer instinct, someone with drive and determination who can drive into the box. United's Danny Welbeck is one of those players.

Welbeck has proved to be popular with most of his managers in his time; Sir Alex Ferguson, Roy Hodgson ans David Moyes all appear to be fans.

They all appear to be happy with his contribution and what the 23-year-old can bring to the side; the only problem with him being at Old Trafford is that he is always in danger of losing his place.

Last year, Welbeck started to form a partnership with Robin van Persie but the form of Wayne Rooney this year means that Welbeck is being moved deeper as part of a 4-4-2 formation.

He's better as wide striker in a 4-3-3, the type of role he plays for England - with a healthy goal rate - At Tottenham it would be similar.

Moyes needs to focus more of wide midfield targets. The players currently being used in those positions aren't up to scratch; Luis Nani, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Adnan Januzaj have all struggled to hold a place down, and Welbeck isn't the answer, therefore making him expendable.

A sale of Welbeck could fund a move for a quality winger, they could get a decent fee for the 20-cap international.

That decent fee, though, would be much less than the extortionate fee that Spurs payed for Lamela.

It's happened now, but it could be some savvy thinking to let Lamela go back to Italy in January where he has had success in the past and some Italian giants may be willing to pay big bucks - AC Milan need to recruit. That could free up funds to get Welbeck, with some money left over no doubt.

For Welbeck as well, it would be the first time where he would actually be a key-player at a reputable club, a tag that he could thrive on; a tag that would give him the confidence to bang in the goals that AVB desperately needs.

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