Much has been made of the £16 million Arsenal have paid to acquire Danny Welbeck from Manchester United, but it could turn out to be a bargain.
Welbeck has immediately been compared to Mario Balotelli, who moved to Liverpool for the same price from AC Milan, with many stating that the Reds got the better deal.
Yet, their prices are comparable for a reason. Although Balotelli, as a mercurial talent, has a greater match-winning ability than Welbeck there are many drawbacks to the Italian.
Balotelli has proven temperamental throughout his career and there is an expectation that this move to Anfield is make or break for him now.
Welbeck possesses a different set of characteristics. He offers a great work-ethic, discipline and an understated quality.
In the current market £16 million does not seem so bad for a player who, at the age of 23, has made nearly 100 appearances for the country’s most successful club, is a regular in the England national side and already has the experience of winning the Premier League.
Welbeck arrives at Arsenal with a weight of expectation on his shoulders, but he could turn out to be one of the buys of the summer.
Throughout his career at United he was expected to play in a backseat role, as the Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney duopoly continued up-front, but he will be given a starring place at the Emirates.
And, although Welbeck’s goal-scoring record to date is credible, if not spectacular, he should be able to push on.
His pace can stretch games and allow the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla, who will all play behind him, the space that they can thrive off.
Welbeck’s strengths may not lie in his creavity, but he does not need to show that at Arsenal – they have enough of it already.
All the former United man needs to do is find his predatory instinct and he has every opportunity to do that in North London.
His purchase was a necessity for Arsenal as it helps them add quality to their forward ranks and, in the same window Shane Long went for £12 million and Ross McCormack departed for £11 million, he may just turn out to be a bargain.
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