According to The Mirror, Crystal Palace are being linked with a £10m January swoop for Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck.
The 27-year-old has been linked away after struggling to make the Arsenal starting XI under Unai Emery this season, with the deadly attacking partnership of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Crystal Palace have struggled for goals so far this season, with only three teams scoring fewer than them. Their travails when it comes to in-form strikers has continued, as no one at Selhurst Park looks capable of carrying the burden of being the club’s goalscorer.
Welbeck (valued at £13.5m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) may be seen as the man to drag Palace out of the goalless morass, but this is a transfer that The Eagles should avoid at all costs.
It seems bizarre for an England international and a widely respected striker to be described this way, but Welbeck doesn’t actually score a lot of goals. The most goals the striker has scored in one season in the Premier League, at either Man United or Arsenal, is nine. While some would argue that he may have been deployed from the bench primarily, that is still an alarmingly low number. In fact, in 205 Premier League appearances, the forward has only scored 42 goals at 0.2 goals per match.
The striker has struggled to find the back of the net whilst being a member of two of the most creative teams in the league, the chances of his conversion rate improving at Selhurst Park seems very slim.
Furthermore, he is quite an injury-prone player, which is the last thing Palace want with Christian Benteke already on the books.
It may look like a perfect deal for Palace, but this is one that could end in disaster.