Hull City boss Steve Bruce has pinpointed Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck as the main threat ahead of their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium today.
The former Sunderland boss had the England international on loan at the Black Cats from parent club Manchester United and watched him develop into a Premier League quality striker.
Despite not making it at Old Trafford as the number one striker, Welbeck has since found his groove in front of goal in Arsenal colours, notching four goals in his first six games for the club.
Playing down the middle seems to be Welbeck’s forte and his movement and intelligence has been on full show at the Emirates since making the questionable £16million switch on transfer deadline day.
When asked which player is likely to be a possible thorn in the Tigers’ side, Bruce had no qualms in picking the 23-year-old striker as he told the press of his qualities.
”Danny is a top, top player, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind about that. And I believe he could play in any of the top teams around Europe,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“When I was Sunderland manager four years ago, I took Danny on loan for a season because he was at the stage of his development where he needed to go and play week-in, week-out in the Premier League.
“I got the boy, and then sent him back to United a man. And, after working with him, I know for sure that he’s good enough to get into any side, anywhere.
“The ironic thing with Danny is that his adaptability has worked against him. When you’ve got Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Falcao, where are you going to put him at United?
“Having that kind of talent at your disposal gives the manager a big decision to make in any case. So you play Danny down the left and what happens?
"People start criticising his goalscoring record. But, believe me, you stick him down the middle as a striker and he will score plenty, that’s for sure.”