Stats: Can Danny Welbeck replace Romelu Lukaku at Everton?

Roberto Martinez

Everton are considering a potential summer move for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck, but can he replace Romelu Lukaku?

According to the Express, Everton are considering a potential summer move for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck.

Roberto Martinez would look to secure the permanent services of current loanee Romelu Lukaku, but the Belgian striker is likely to fetch a transfer fee that far outweighs Everton’s spending power. He could prove out of reach if he is priced at £20m-plus, and England striker Welbeck would be a cheaper alternative.

The Manchester United man has grown disillusioned under former boss David Moyes, mainly due to a lack of game time, and must wait to see who succeeds the Scot before deciding whether to sign a new contract. But reports have emerged that Martinez is interested in luring him to Goodison Park to boost his forward options.

Despite being a striker, Welbeck has never really been fabled for his scoring prowess, yet this season he has impressed in front of goal. In 22 Premier League appearances he has netted on nine occasions - just four less than Lukaku (who has played six more games and considerably more minutes).

  TeamPosGoalsmins / GoalsGoal AssistAppsMins
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 13 179.46 6 30 2,333
Danny Welbeck Man Utd FW 9 142.89 1 22 1,286

If we look at the Welbeck's mins/goal ratio, the England striker has actually been more prolific this season. 

He started life under David Moyes' on a high note, scoring twice in the Scotsman's first league game in charge - a 4-1 win away at Swansea - and since he has remained clinical, converting 30% of his chances.

What’s more, he has shown he can finish at both club and international level. His dramatic winner for England against Sweden in the Euro 2012 group stages (shown below) will remain a found memory of many fans.

 

Similar to Lukaku, Welbeck boasts a wealth of pace and strength and he is tough to deal with in the box. He has the physical attributes to replace the Belgian and he would surely benefit from being the focal point of the Everton attack.

We witnessed his impressive work-rate during Manchester United’s Champions League draw with Bayern Munich. He was the star man for the Old Trafford outfit, causing tremendous problems for the Bavarian defence and, had he received more game time prior to this tie, he would have had the confidence to finish his opportunities on goal.

At just 23 years of age he has ample time to continue his development and in this respect he would be a fantastic investment for the future. Welbeck has all the attributes to be a complete forward for a top Premier League side, he just needs the game time to prove it.

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