Manchester United have always been blessed in terms of the strikers they have at their disposal. This season they have four of the best in the Premier League; Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.
The recent surge in form that Hernandez has produced has shifted the spot light over to Danny Welbeck who finds himself under a little bit of pressure - despite his excellent form for England.
It’s important to point out that Welbeck has made one more club appearance than Hernandez this season but it’s the goals that matter and Hernandez has more than Welbeck which means the United academy product is under pressure to produce some similar match winning performances if he wants to maintain his place in the side next to some very in form strikers at the club.
The good news for Welbeck is that he has opportunities at the moment. He should feature for England in their mid-week game against Sweden and injuries to Rooney and Van Persie mean he should be in line to start the Premier League match at Norwich City this weekend. He has always been one for taking his opportunities so if he does feel under a bit of pressure then expect him to raise his performance for both club and country.
There is a slight defence for Welbeck in the respect that Sir Alex Ferguson has played him slightly out of position so far this season which has muted his impact. Welbeck is at his very best when he plays as a centre forward and is allowed to use his pace and power to get at the opposition. The period where United were playing a diamond in the midfield saw Welbeck playing on the left side of the pitch to create width despite the fact he is less effective from this position.
He is also a very different player to any of the other strikers at the club. Hernandez has scored a lot of goals in recent matches because he is a poacher, a busy forward and someone who looks to snap up the most difficult of half chances. It’s just unfortunate that through scoring goals he places the pressure and emphasis on someone else in the side who isn’t having the same effect on proceedings.
Ferguson has always given Welbeck the time and space to express himself. He made 23 starts in the Premier League last season and seven sub appearances scoring nine goals in the process.
The problem comes if he wants to start every game because he is never going to start a match ahead of a fit Wayne Rooney or Robin Van Persie. If this happens then he could question his future at the club and ultimately go elsewhere where he is guaranteed to be the main striker in each and every game.
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