Welbeck, 23, has responded well to his manager’s earlier criticism by scoring three times in the last four Premier League matches. With Robin Van Persie out injured and Wayne Rooney playing below 100% fitness, Moyes must have been wondering where the goals were going to come from.
Welbeck, however, has stepped up - with six goals in nine starts, and three in Manchester United’s last four games to help the team get its season back on track.
And Moyes has now challenged the striker to go out and find the net a lot more:
'With the second half of the season to go, he should be certainly looking to score 20 goals. And we need him to do that because when you don't have Wayne and you don't have Robin, then you need people to step up to the mark', Moyes said.
One key aspect of Welbeck’s game which has improved is his finishing. Last season in particular, the Manchester United striker was wasteful in front of goal, missing chances you’d expect an international striker to bury with ease.
This season, however, has been a very different story. Welbeck has recorded a total of 24 shots this Premier League campaign, scoring 6 goals. That gives the England international a conversion rate of 25%, which is comparable with the Premier League’s best strikers and better than fellow Manchester United strikers van Persie and Rooney.
Is Danny Welbeck capable of banging in 20 goals this season ?
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