Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck last night placed a seed of doubt in haters heads after he bagged a Champions League hat-trick against Galatasaray.
The former Manchester United striker has been burdened with criticism from fans as they insist that Welbeck simply does not score enough. To point the finger on a, still, very young player who is yet to be given the chance to play through the middle was rather extreme and unfair.
However, Welbeck has snatched the chance to be considered a centre forward with both hands and last night showcased why he should be played as a striker. Confident, pacey and lethal in-front of goal, Welbeck is beginning to embarrass those who have criticised his ability. A player who looks natural in the role already, Welbeck is beginning to once again highlight that potential he was touted with.
Admittedly, it is early days, but his record for England as an out and out striker proves his worth at being given a chance. Welbeck has taken plaudits and critics back by surprise, and not just the fans. Arsene Wenger last night commented on Welbeck’s electrifying acceleration and suggested he didn’t really know how fast he is, “”I knew he was quick but he’s electric,” said the Arsenal boss.
Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown commentated on Arsenal’s victory last night for BBC Radio 5 Live and likened Welbeck to that of Arsenal hero, Thierry Henry.
Could Welbeck follow in the footsteps of the Frenchman? Does he have the potential to be a leading Premier League goalscorer?
If Wenger can keep Welbeck hungry for more and not let the striker get carried away with himself, maybe Welbeck could go one step further and prove his doubters wrong, once and for all.