It seems that Manchester United simply cannot catch a break over the Danny Welbeck ‘mistake’ these days.
The Red Devils sold the England international to Arsenal on transfer deadline day for a reported fee of £16 million, with manager Louis van Gaal later claiming that the striker did not score enough goals.
At Arsenal, Welbeck has been played in his preferred position as a striker and was on fire in midweek, bagging a hat-trick in the Gunners’ 4-1 victory over Galatasaray at the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League.
Former footballers and pundits have once again slammed United for letting go of the 23-year-old, and now one of the club’s all-time greats has come down harshly on them.
'£16m – that’s a disgrace', Dwight Yorke told the Manchester Evening News. 'When Lallana and Shaw have gone for £25m and £27m, that’s pathetic. That’s why I cannot understand the market.
'He had to be a loan deal – especially with Falcao not signing permanently. You could let Danny Welbeck go on a year’s loan, get some money and have that option.
'He’s worth more than £16m in today’s market. Shaw and Lallana – they’re worth that much more than Danny Welbeck? I don’t think so. Not with his pace and power'.
Yorke made the comments before Welbeck’s Champions League heroics, and he does have a point.
Adam Lallana was one of the stars of Southampton’s successful 2013-14 Premier League campaign, but he is certainly not worth £25 million. Yet Liverpool paid that much for the 26-year-old England international.
Luke Shaw cost United £27m, and the jury is out on the former Southampton youngster, who is still only 19 years of age.
Of course, a player’s worth is how much the buying club is prepared to pay for him, and Lallana and Shaw should not be blamed for their price-tag: Southampton did a good business.
Whether Arsenal got a bargain deal with Welbeck remains to be seen. Although he has started his career at the Gunners encouragingly enough, there is no guarantee that he will turn out to be the ‘next Thierry Henry’ that so many claim him to be.