Having impressed immensely at Euro 2012, there has been plenty of positive attention focussed on the career of Danny Welbeck. However, one man who wants more out of the young striker is his manager, with Sir Alex Ferguson claiming that the 20-year-old needs to improve on various aspects of his game if he is to become one of the best strikers on the continent.
Welbeck, who rose to international prominence following his neat goal against Sweden over the summer, has started to establish himself as one of United’s regulars and made 39 appearances last term. However, despite contributing nine goals to the cause, Ferguson wants more and claims that the striker has to get to at least twenty this term to enhance his career.
He said, “Danny can be a top player but obviously he will have to improve his goalscoring. He got nine goals last season but if you are going to be a top striker you have to get 20 or above. He’s not got his full body yet. There’s a lot of growth in him yet. At 6ft 3in, I don’t think he’ll get taller, it will go the other way, and he is very powerful already.”
However, there are doubts on whether or not Welbeck will remain at Old Trafford. Reports over recent weeks have suggested that the youngster is stalling on a new contract, with his wage demands proving to be a stumbling block. Speculation has indicated that the player is asking for parity with other players at the club and wants at least £60,000 per week, whereas United are only prepared to offer £40,000. The situation comes even more concerning due to the fact that Welbeck has just one year left on his contract. Bearing this in mind, hopefully United are not going to lose yet another young player due to contractual issues.