England’s much anticipated friendly match against Scotland next week looks as though it’s going to have some of the edge taken away from it, with several high profile attacking players unavailable to Roy Hodgson through injury.
One player who is fit and will be approaching this match with some extra incentive and significance is Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck.
As things stand, it looks as though Welbeck is going to be named as a starting striker in that team, which will give him a chance on a very big stage to show that he can fill the void that will be created by Wayne Rooney’s departure from Manchester United.
More significantly, it will be a chance for him to prove that he can be consistent leading an attack with the friendly coming just a few days after United’s Community Shield clash against Wigan, which Welbeck is likely to feature in.
However, for the majority of the last campaign, Welbeck was being played out of position, down the left as a makeshift wide man as Sir Alex Ferguson looked to compensate for the inconsistency of the wingers at the club.
That’s left a lasting impression on him because one of the areas of his game, which he’s said he wants to improve from last season is his ability to score goals consistently while maintaining that versatility.
This is a chance that Welbeck should definitely be keen to take because at times this summer, his Old Trafford future has also looked under doubt.
The forward players United have been linked with such as Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund, would have pushed Welbeck way down the pecking order at United, as he approaches his mid-twenties and the peak of his career.
That’s relevant because it should give him just that little bit of extra incentive to push on and ensure that David Moyes is not afraid to throw him into the side, should Rooney move to Chelsea or any other top flight European side before the end of the summer transfer window.
England do have other attacking options for the match but in terms of the centre forwards available, Welbeck seems like one of the most reliable and Hodgson has never been a manager to take unnecessary risks regardless of whether England are playing a friendly or a competitive game.
Can Welbeck replace Rooney? How do you think he’ll do in the Community Shield and friendly against Scotland?
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