Welbeck needs to net more goals

FanZone's Manchester United blogger Pete Hall feels Danny Welbeck must start scoring more goals to justify his regular inclusions in squads.

Last Updated: 09/04/13 at 13:31 Post Comment   

Danny Welbeck: Needs to find the net more regularly

Danny Welbeck: Needs to find the net more regularly

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After Monday night's limp display in the disappointing defeat to our noisy neighbours, it is difficult to single out one player who performed to a standard worthy of such an important occasion in all Mancunians' calendars.

However, whilst players of Wayne Rooney's ability flattered to deceive, another versatile England forward's display furthered emphasised - to the more unbiased of the Manchester United faithful - that he just doesn't have quite enough to cut it at the highest level.

Danny Welbeck was automatically endeared to us United fans when he emerged on the first-team scene after a successful loan spell at Sunderland due to his local roots.

We all love a fellow Manchester lad making the grade at M16, especially one from an ordinary background, as it makes us dream that we could still make it yet.

His workrate and constant effort goes further to ensure his name is greeted with one of the louder cheers when announced in the starting XI.

Those rose-tinted fans amongst us are often blinkered by these most basic of attributes, and often forget that the far-from-prolific striker is playing in one of the top sides in the world.

Stats don't lie. Yes he is often played out wide, or in tactically deeper role to try and stifle the opposition's creativity - a task he is excellent at I might add - but naturally he is a striker, and therefore should be naturally adept at finding the back of the net on a regular basis.

Yet, the Longsight-born England regular has scored only once in the Premier League all season. That is despite having 36 attempts on goal.

It is fair to say of his 24 league appearances, exactly half have been from the bench, and again, often with a specific job he is asked to provide.

However, the fact that he has managed to accumulate such a number of attempts shows that he is still managing to get himself in goalscoring positions, but is simply not capitalising on them.

In comparison, Javier Hernandez has had three less attempts at goal in the Premier League this campaign, but has notched eight goals.

Welbeck is a great asset to have in the squad, purely down to versatility, and being a United fan, he would more than likely be happy to be used in a bit-part role.

With Roy Hodgson's lack of options in forward positions, a lack of first-team football wouldn't hinder his chances of being on the plane to Brazil next summer either.

It shows the draw he has with us Mancunians that I am trying to make excuses for him, but if we are to compete amongst Europe's elite, we have to accept that he may not be quite good enough against the better sides.

Earlier on in the season, when Welbeck's ineptitude in front of goal was first questioned, I often cited that he just needed a bit of luck, and eventually the goals will come.

Luis Suarez has got that bit of luck this season, after hitting the woodwork eight times last campaign, showing the sheer class and ability of the man.

I am afraid to say we cannot put Danny anywhere near on par with the much-maligned Uruguayan, and despite having age on his side, I have seen enough to believe he is unlikely to ever have that match-winning ability the likes of Robin van Persie or Rooney possess.

Sometimes, as United fans, you just have to set all Mancunian loyalties aside and admit when one of our own just isn't good enough.

I don't want to anger too many fellow Reds by saying that we should sell a player even Sir Alex Ferguson seems to have such affection for, but his role at the club needs to be considered at the very least.

With a 86% win ratio without him this season, this is yet another indicator of how Welbeck is far from irreplaceable.

Depending on the how many players we can bring in this summer, if Sir Alex is to fulfil his much-publicised ambition of adding another European crown to his medal collection, we need the quality of player to not just match the likes of Real Madrid as we did this season, but better them.

And I'm afraid to say, local lad Welbeck isn't of this calibre, so the sooner we swallow our pride and accept it the better.

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