Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has reportedly performed something of a U-turn and no longer wants to leave Old Trafford according to Goal.
The England international was said to be unhappy under former manager David Moyes due to his lack of playing-time in his preferred position up front. But now the Scot is no longer in charge, Welbeck is believed to be happy to remain at the club.
But despite the fact a new man will soon take over, will Welbeck really get many more chances to show what he can do through the middle? After all, with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez also competing for a place up top, and with Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa both eager to play in a number 10 position, Welbeck has just as much competition as ever before.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, the now-23-year-old’s versatility was hailed. And yet that ability to play in a variety of positions and to track back for the team seemingly altered his mind-set under Moyes – who in truth only played him where Ferguson had previously.
Welbeck has made 24 Premier League appearances to date, and his nine goals this season compared with his one in the previous campaign suggest that Moyes actually got Welbeck playing as a more effective attacker than he was in Ferguson’s final campaign.
But either way, Moyes is now gone and Welbeck reportedly wants to stay, ending those rather unlikely rumours of a move to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal.
But with van Persie tipped to become the main man once more if Louis van Gaal takes charge – and with the likes of Edinson Cavani tipped to arrive – Welbeck could find himself reminiscing about this campaign, when he played regularly (if not always where he wanted to).