Welbeck could have been signed by Hull City boss Steve Bruce..
Imagine Danny Welbeck’s late, late goal yesterday was scored, not against Jankupovic, but Szczezny!
Thankfully, as it happened, some Hull fans will have taken it as something of an own goal.
That is how it would appear going by Steve Bruce’s admission before the game that the Tigers actually made an effort to sign the 23-year old England International on deadline day. Arsenal, instead, moved ahead of both Hull and Tottenham to pay the £16m demanded by United for his services.
Steve Bruce had taken Welbeck on loan to the Stadium of Light when he was Sunderland boss in 2011, where the youngster garnered enough first team experience to gain recognition in Sir Alex ferguson’s squad the following season. Welbeck, with Asamoah Gyan, was one the stars of Bruce’s Sunderland, famous for a sensational 3 – 0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the reign of Carlo Ancelotti, in which game both Gyan and Welbeck scored.
Bruce, a former Manchester United captain, confessed his belief in Welbeck’s potential to blossom into a real predator at Arsenal, expressing his shock at United’s decision to let him go from Old Trafford. As soon as it was clear Welbeck would be available due to the impending arrival of Colombian super star, Radamel Falcao, a host of clubs were always going to line up for the young English star, and Bruce wasn’t going to be left out.
“I rang his brother (and agent, Chris) but there was some rather big clubs in for him,” said Bruce.
“I think Spurs were in there, Arsenal as well of course, and one or two from Europe as well.”
“He had a pick, shall we say but – yes – we had a dabble.”
“I’ve got no doubt in my mind after working with him that he can play at any top four side, no question. He’s a top player.”
Bruce went on to make some astute acquisitions of his own on that deadline day, with two of the four purchased – Abel Hernandez and Mo’ Diame – on target yesterday. As it’s turned out, it would have been quite a blow to miss out on Welbeck as we have had no other strikers to call upon since his arrival. Welbz has now scored 5 times in his 7 Arsenal appearances and Bruce believes there’s more to come.
“He’s played a lot on the left for United and then people start criticising his goalscoring record, but you put him down the middle as a striker and he will score,” he said.
“They’ve made changes at United and decided he’s surplus but I believe he can play in any top team around Europe.
“When you’ve got Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao you’ve got a decision to make, but it surprised me because not often do you see Manchester United selling a very good young player.
“The proof will come over time whether they regret it but I’m sure it will work out for him at Arsenal.”
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