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Even though Danny Welbeck’s senior career for Manchester United has already begun in 2008, I didn’t know him till the 19th of June. In this Sunday evening he scored with a header against Czech for the English Sub21. I do remember this goal very well because Daniel Sturridge gave the assist with a beautiful cross. (1:29 in the YouTube video) Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck got on well with each other and I was pretty amazed even though England unfortunately lost 1:2 in the end and was knocked out of the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
Danny Welbeck seems to have made his breakthrough once for all under Sir Alex Ferguson during this season. So far he has scored 6 goals in 8 matches which is pretty good for a striker and even better for a 20-year-old youngster! He has scored his 6th goal yesterday, Saturday 2nd of October, against Norwich City. But who exactly is this high flyer that has already been compared to Emmanuel Adebayor?
Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah “Danny” Welbeck was born on November 26th 1990 in Longsight, an area of Manchester where about 16,000 people are living. His parents are Ghanaians that’s why he can play either for the Ghanaian national team or the English one, of which more later.
Danny Welbeck was admitted in the youth academy of the English record champion in 2005. Back then he was 14 years old and only two years later he signed his first trainee contract. He started this season in the Under-18 squad and made 36 matches. He scored 10 goals in that season which is really good if you consider that most of the other players were almost two years older!
In January 2008 Welbeck was called up to the soccer camp of the first team. On January 21st the 1.85m tall striker, who actually is an offensive all-rounder, made his first match for his club but he wasted a penalty that would’ve been the equalizer.
Despite this missed spot kick Sir Alex announced that the right footer would be a member of the first team for the rest of the season 2007/2008. But he didn’t play neither as starter nor as substitute.
Welbeck made his competitive debut for the Manchester United first team on September 23rd 2008 in the League Cup Third Round match against Middlesbrough but he hadn’t the rub of the green. On November 11th he gave his first assist for ManUtd to Carlos Tevez. That assist sent ManUtd through the League Cup Fourth Round. Four days later Welbeck marked his debut with a 30yard strike into the top right corner during his Premier League debut against Stoke City (5:0). He scored two more goals in the FA Cup games against Southhampton (3:0) and Derby County (4:1).
Altogether Danny Welbeck had played 15 matches, scored three times and given two assists for ManUtd in 2008/2009.
Exactly one year after his first goal for the Red Devils, Sir Alex’ number 19 scored again in a League Cup game and on October 27th Welbeck scored again in the League Cup. Back then he was harmonizing very well with Michael Owen. In December 2009 Welbeck signed a new contract till 2013.
One month later Welbeck signed on a loan at Preston North End where Ferguson’s son had just become manager. He scored twice and gave three assists in 11 matches for his new club but he suffered a knee injury in February against Newcastle United and returned to ManUtd for the operation.
In 2010/2011 Danny Welbeck went on a loan to Sunderland where he scored 6 times in 26 matches. He only gave one assist but scored against Chelsea London which isn’t that easy.
Now he’s back in Manchester and kind of Sir Alex’ favorite. He has scored twice in the Champions League yet and 4 times in 6 Premier League matches. His two goals against Basel saved his team from a huge disgrace against the Swiss underdog.
Welbeck already played as a 14-year-old teenager for the England Under-16s. In 2007 he scored 3 times in 6 matches for the Under-17s what brought him to the Under-18s in the same year. He scored twice in 2 matches for them. For the Under-19 (5 matches) and Under-21 teams (3 matches) he has always scored ,,only “ twice as well.
In March 2011 Welbeck made his debut for the senior national team in a friendly against Ghana. The Ghanaian fans booed him because, like I already said, his parents are Ghanaian and so he could play for Ghana too. But! Since that game was only a friendly, Welbeck can still play for Ghana in competitive matches! I don’t expect that though.
Welbeck is an awesome player and ManUtd should better offer him a new contract soon because there are surely some great teams that would love to sign him! I really like Welbeck, he has always been playing awesome when I was watching. He and Sturridge could become a new and perfect strike duo in the English national team! If Welbeck keeps on working hard and playing that well, Sir Alex won’t be able to get out of him. I do think that Welbeck will be a world class striker soon!
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