According to a recent report from The London Evening Standard, Southampton are one of many sides eyeing up a late summer move for Danny Welbeck. The 27-year-old currently plays his football at Arsenal and has done so since 2014 after coming up through the ranks at Manchester United, yet recent reports suggest that he could be allowed to leave by new Gunners boss Unai Emery before Thursday’s 5pm deadline.
And Mark Hughes’ Saints are one side reportedly keen on the England international, which means that the door is very much open for the Southampton boss to complete his side’s excellent summer of business by landing the 27-year-old.
Ultimately, it was pretty clear that Hughes had much work to do over the summer months after narrowly guiding the Saints to safety last season, what with his team eventually finishing just three points clear of the bottom three in 17th place.
And the majority of his four additions so far this summer has boosted an area of the squad arguably in need of reinforcements, be it Angus Gunn to provide stern competition to Alex McCarthy in goal, Jannik Vestergaard to replace Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the backline, or indeed the talented Mohamed Elyounoussi to give them a greater attacking threat.
Add in the hugely accomplished Stuart Armstrong in the middle of the park, and Southampton have acted shrewdly in the window so far – Welbeck’s arrival would thus top off an excellent summer’s work.
The 27-year-old may not be the most prolific goal-scorer having bagged just 27 times for Arsenal in his four-year stint at the club, but he showed glimpses of his best in the second half of last season in netting six times in 2018, helping the Gunners reach the last four of the Europa League.
And given the Saints seriously struggled in the attacking third of the pitch last term, what with the likes of Shane Long, Manolo Gabbiadini, and Guido Carrillo failing to produce the goods, they could seriously benefit from the pace and dynamism Welbeck would bring to the front line, thus giving the likes of Elyounoussi and Nathan Redmond someone to aim for up top.
And with Emery seemingly willing to let the England international leave this summer, it’s time for Southampton to take advantage by bringing the 27-year-old to St Mary’s, which would in turn complete their excellent summer of business.
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