Danny Welbeck is still a free agent after being released by Arsenal but would Crystal Palace give him a fresh start in the Premier League?
Crystal Palace hero Clinton Morrison has admitted on talkSPORT that he would love to see Danny Welbeck get his career back on track at Selhurst Park after his injury-hit Arsenal spell came to an end earlier in the summer.
Welbeck is one of three England international strikers available for absolutely nothing this summer. And, like former Three Lions team-mates Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge, the 28-year-old appears to be no closer to finding a new club.
This could have something to do with the injuries that limited him to just 88 Premier League appearances in five years at Arsenal. Welbeck’s £100,000-a-week wage demands, not to mention a potential £5 million signing on fee, certainly don’t help (the Sun).
But Morrison believes that Welbeck still has the talent and the versatility to shine in the red and blue of Crystal Palace.
“I think he’s a terrific player. He’s not had the luck with injuries but he scores goals and his intentional record with England is second to none,” Morrison said. “He causes defenders a lot of problems. I would love him to sign for Crystal Palace.
“He’s exactly what Palace need; a centre-forward who can run in behind, who can score goals. He can do everything when he’s at it.”
Morrison certainly has a point. Palace’s strikers scored just seven Premier League goals between them last season and five of those came from Michy Batshuayi, who has since returned to parent club Chelsea.
But you can see why every club in the top flight appears to have reservations about signing a player who was a first-choice option for both Manchester United and England a few years ago.
Those injuries appear to have wrecked Welbeck’s career, not to mention his reputation.