With all the rumours and conjecture surrounding a certain Dutch striker being a target for United, Sir Alex Ferguson has reminded one of our current crop that he needs to start banging in the goals more consistently.
Danny Welbeck’s rise from loanee to first team player was one of the few bright points in an otherwise disappointing campaign last season but the United boss isn’t about to start dishing out the praise too lavishly.
The Independent reports Sir Alex noted:
“Danny can be a top player but obviously he will have to improve his goalscoring,
“He got nine goals last season but if you are going to be a top striker you have to get 20 or above. I think he will do that.
“He’s always had growth spurts and little things like weak knees and weak thighs,” said Ferguson. “It was happening all the time, so we fostered him from the age of nine right through that period when he was developing.
Ferguson also issued something of a warning to Premier League defences who’ve already struggled to handle the lively Mancunian striker:
“He’s not got his full body yet,
“There’s a lot of growth in him yet. At 6ft 3in, I don’t think he’ll get taller, it will go the other way, and he is very powerful already. And he showed maturity at the Euros by playing three games in seven days, which he has certainly not done for us before.”
A more powerful Welbeck who scores more consistently, isn’t a pipe dream from the United boss, it’s a very real possibility as over the past three seasons we’ve seen the striker gradually improve, both physically and performance-wise.
The only criticism levelled at Welbeck last season was that he isn’t clinical enough, as a player of his ability should be hitting double figures in the Premier League.
I’m a massive fan of Welbeck and think this season, barring the unlikely signing of Van Persie- sorry but I for one just don’t see it happening- could be the one where he joins the likes of Rooney, Aguero and the aformentioned Dutchman as one of the league’s top scorers.