Friday, October 20, 2017

Would Danny Welbeck be a good signing for Everton?

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is a reported transfer target for Everton

Everton are looking for a striker to replace the goals of Romelu Lukaku this summer. According to the Daily Mirror, the Toffees may turn their attentions to Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

The Toffees are attempting to sign Welbeck’s teammate Olivier Giroud. However, if the Frenchman decides to stay in north London, the Merseysiders will turn their attentions to his Gunners team-mate Welbeck to fill the void left by Lukaku.

For me, it would represent poor business for the Blues to sign the England striker, especially at the mooted price of £30million.

Welbeck has a season ticket to the treatment room

Danny Welbeck is a decent striker on his day. The 26-year-old has decent ability and a good work-rate. However, at his age, he has not been able to command a regular starting spot in either the Manchester United or Arsenal team.

His spell in north London has been hampered by seemingly constant injury problems. Last season Welbeck made just 16 Premier League appearances, including eight starts and as many off the bench. He registered just two goals and two assists in the campaign.

The previous campaign he made just 11 appearances for the Gunners, scoring four times and producing two assists. There is a slight theme running through his Arsenal career, he struggles to avoid injuries.

The arrival of French striker Alexandre Lacazette has pushed all the forwards at Arsenal down the pecking order. Even when he is fully fit, Welbeck would struggle to get into the Gunners starting eleven.

Could be ideal on his day

On his day, Welbeck is the sort of striker that the Everton attack needs. The Toffees have brought in many players in the summer, including the likes of Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney. The only signing with any pace seems to be Spanish striker Sandro.

However, the youngster may need time to get accustomed to a new league. In pre-season, it has been painfully obvious that the Toffees lack pace. Their protracted move for Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson would only add to the problem. The Icelandic international has many qualities. However, pace is certainly not one of them.

Welbeck would certainly add pace to the Toffees attack. On his day, he can be a major handful for defenders. The problem is to have one of those days Welbeck has to be free from injury. Unfortunately, for everybody, that seems to be very rare these days.

If the striker could avoid injury and play a full season, we may finally see some of his undoubted potential fulfilled. That is a big if, though.

Everton outsiders for the top-six

Everton were quite easily the best team outside the top-six last season. The Toffees have strengthened their squad in a number of positions this summer. At odds of 11/4 Everton are genuine challengers for a top-six spot this season.

The one thing they lack is a genuine top striker. Everton boss Koeman is obviously attempting to rectify that problem. However, Welbeck is not a top striker, or at least I do not believe he is, as I have not seen him on a football pitch long enough to make a proper judgement on the striker.

Koeman and Everton’s director of football Steve Walsh have done some sterling work in the market over the last two years. I believe the arrival of Welbeck will receive a lukewarm reception from Everton fans. I would love Welbeck to prove me wrong, though, if he did join the Blues of course.

It is evident to most observers that Everton are lacking a focal point to their attack. I highly doubt that signing an injury-prone Danny Welbeck is the solution to their forward problems, though.

Would Danny Welbeck be a good signing for Everton?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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