Will Saints Go For Welbeck
Friday, 20th Jul 2018 14:55
With Danny Welbeck's future uncertain at Arsenal with new manager Unai Emery's summer spending, there are suggestions that Saints would be an ideal destination for him, we run the rule over the chances.
Would Danny Welbeck make a good signing for Saints ? that is the question being asked with the strikers future now very uncertain at Arsenal and a clear out in the offing from new manager Unai Emery.
Some Saints fans would dismiss Welbeck out of hand and point to the fact that he barely played in the World Cup in Russia as well as what is not exactly a successful spell with Arsenal whom he joined in the summer of 2014 for £16 million pounds.
Since then he has made 80 Premier League appearances for the Gunners scoring 15 goals, a strike ratio of a goal every 5.33 games, that is not great, 7 games per goal, but there are mitigating circumstances including injuries and last season he had perhaps his best season in Arsenal colours scoring 5 goals in 28 Premier League games and when adding cup games scored 10 times in 43 appearances overall.
That is suggesting that Welbeck who is reaching his peak turning 28 in November might have something to offer, it won't be with one of the big six though so he will be having to look further down the table for a new club and Saints could appear a good fit.
We need new attacking power and Welbeck for all his faults offers a direct and pacy option albeit a raw one , that being the case if he is available at the right price then he could be a good option.
Our strikers last season struggled, Charlie Austin has spent more time injured than fit in his time here, but has still been leading scorer and that tells us something Gabbiadini does not seem to fit the team's tactical set up at least under Puel and Pellegrino and Shane Long is more of a battering ram and provider than a scorer.
So a cheeky bid for Welbeck could be good business for Saints, he has experience at both Premier League and International level and is a known quantity, a 7 goal a season ratio is not great, but it is not not far off double figures and these days very few Premier League strikers actually get over 10 goals in a season, if played regularly in the right team Welbeck is capable of 12 goals a season and that would be a good total.
So what do you think ? Good signing or not worth the effort.
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