Sadly, in recent weeks we may have seen the start of the steady decline of England international Danny Welbeck.
Suggestions that the forward will not have his contract renewed at the end of the season, and will move on from The Emirates emerged, with the possibility of not playing for The Gunners again after having surgery on his ankle in November. It was a tenure that never quite took off, and sadly could be seen as a microcosm for his entire career.
There’s no denying that Welbeck is a high-quality player on his day, who is extremely well-rounded. Unfortunately, his career has been blighted by injury, and it has certainly curtailed his progress for both club and country. In fact, the most starts he has ever been able to make in the Premier League was 23, and that was during his time at Man United.
The Red Devils sold him, in what many still see as a bizarre move, as he still showed a lot of promise. But his real injury problems have occurred at Arsenal. This has meant that other players have moved ahead of him in the pecking order, as, not only was he not consistently available, but the amount of injuries perhaps prevented him from becoming the player people expected him to be.
Even when fit, he has not always been guaranteed a start at Arsenal given the amount of talent that has been at the club up front. The likes of Alexis Sánchez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have always been ahead of the Englishman.
Consequently, his time at a top-four club may be over with this latest news from Arsenal. But that certainly does not mean that he would not be a huge asset to many other clubs in the Premier League that are still in the top half of the table.
The likes of Everton or West Ham could be clubs whereby Welbeck still plays a high standard of football, and therefore does not hamper his chances of playing for England. However, any club signing him will be aware of the caveat that he is injury prone, it will just be the baggage associated with the player perhaps for the rest of his career.
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