According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Danny Welbeck could be set for a move away in the near future. The 27-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League heavyweights Arsenal and has done so since moving from Manchester United back in 2014, going on to net 31 goals for the Gunners in the last four years.
Yet reports suggest that he could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium what with his contract up at the end of the season, and no agreement reportedly close, which should be of keen interest to Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, who would find his perfect replacement for the awful Christian Benteke in the £13.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, while Benteke’s Premier League goal-scoring record cannot be argued with, he has seriously struggled to produce the goods at Selhurst Park in the last 12 months or so, finishing last season with just three goals to his name, and having failed to net this time round either.
In fact, the Belgium international was so out-of-form at the rear end of last term that manager Hodgson opted for wingers Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend to lead the line at the expense of the 27-year-old, which was a pretty damning verdict of his capabilities.
And with things having failed to improve this time round, it seems as though Hodgson is in need of someone to replace Benteke as the main man at Selhurst Park, and Arsenal’s Welbeck could well be the perfect choice.
The England international has enjoyed a solid start to the season in netting four times for Unai Emery’s Gunners, yet it doesn’t look like he’ll command regular football at the Emirates Stadium ahead of the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
And with a fine second half of last season, which earned him a place at the World Cup with the Three Lions, Welbeck is playing some of the best football of his career, and appears to be the ideal replacement for the awful Benteke at Palace.
Yes, Benteke has proven to be more prolific than Welbeck during their respective stints in the Premier League, yet the latter will offer an aerial threat similar to that of the Belgian, but also the pace and indeed intelligence to run in-behind and latch onto through balls from Zaha and co.
Overall, it appears as though Welbeck is a more all-round forward than Benteke, and with the latter seriously struggling for confidence and thus to produce the goods at present, Hodgson may feel that striking reinforcements are vital in the near future.
And he could do a lot worse than try and lure Arsenal’s Welbeck across the capital to Selhurst Park.
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