Pete Sixsmith is getting used to Manchester United fan sites asking about Danny Welbeck. For this latest form report, for the Stretford End Arising, he added the words: “You can’t have him back, you know. He’s ours now.” That won’t work, Pete: tell them he’s hopeless …
I like to think that I know a bit about football.
As a literal and metaphorical greybeard, I go back a long way and I can convince gullible folk that I am something of an expert. So, when I said Danny Welbeck was a bit of a disappointment in the October review, I would imagine many of you nodded your heads sagely and said: “He knows what’s what.”
Well, of course I don’t because Danny has shown the likes of me and 36,000 other regulars at the Stadium of Light, that he is a very, very good footballer and that he is totally undeserving of the criticism that some have made of him.
He has scored four goals in three games, has linked up well with internationals from England and Ghana and has really looked the part. The goals he has scored are all strikers’ goals: picking up a shocking back pass from Ashley Cole, a stab in the six yard box and a great back header against Everton and a powerful downward header against Wolves, which should have won us the game.
In addition to that, he has looked comfortable on the ball and has threatened to score a number of times. Clearly he read my October comments and showed them to The Brucester, who immediately took notice of them.
Danny now looks as if he is going to force our erstwhile manager into playing three up front at times. With Bent and Gyan, he will hopefully form a formidable attacking trio. Now, if you could lend us Jonny Evans again, we might just get the defence sorted out.
* Sadly, this is what Steve Bruce told the Sunderland Echo:
“ … in terms of converting any loan player to a permanent signing, you have to accept it’s a fact of life that in most cases, the better they do the less chance you have of getting them. And the way that Danny is going, if he continues his progress, he’ll be out of the reach of any but the very biggest clubs around.”