Last chance saloon for forgotten man Danny Welbeck

Following Brighton’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at the weekend, Seagull supporters will be hopeful that the club can push on and further distance themselves from the bottom three.

One man who would have enjoyed the win more than most is Danny Welbeck, who opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a delicate chip, after running from inside his own half.

The composed finish was a reminder to all Premier League fans of just how lethal the forward can be in front of goal, and Welbeck took to Twitter shortly after the game to state that more goals are on the way.

Whilst many Brighton fans will be excited with the prospect of more goals from their new signing, it remains to be seen whether the former England striker will be able to stay fit and add to his respectable goalscoring record.

Plagued with unfortunate injuries throughout his career, Welbeck had missed out on a staggering 377 competitive football matches before his move to Watford last summer.

His luck continued to run out during his year-long spell at Vicarage Road, netting only two league goals in another injury-hit season, as the Hornets suffered relegation to the Championship.

Both parties agreed mutual termination on Welbeck’s £100,000-a-week contract at the end of the season, and many wondered if any Premier League manager would be willing to take another gamble on the former Manchester United graduate.

Danny Welbeck speaks to BT Sport after scoring his first goal for Brighton in their 2-1 win at Aston Villa. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY BT SPORTS.

The summer window passed by to no avail for the forward, but with the 2020/21 campaign already a month old in October, Brighton boss Graham Potter decided to take a chance on the signing, in order to bolster his options up top for the season.

The club agreed a one-year deal with Welbeck, and at the age of 29, this may well be the last chance saloon for a player who promised so much during his earlier playing days.

Despite the unfortunate injury track record, Potter will no doubt be aware that he has a top player on the books, and will be hopeful that Welbeck can challenge for a starting spot alongside star man Neil Maupay at the Amex stadium.

Maupay and Welbeck could form an interesting partnership for the Seagulls. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE LARGS AND MILLPORT WEEKLY NEWS.

Whilst doubts remain, it is important to remember we are talking about a player that has graced the European stage for both Manchester United and Arsenal and is among the list of Englishmen to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League.

So the talent is there for all to see, however, similar to the likes of Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll, we may never see the striker reach the dizzy heights that were once expected of him a decade ago.

So here’s hoping that the injury problems are now a thing of the past for the 29-year-old and that Graham Potter’s confidence and belief can go along way in changing the fortunes of the oh-so-unlucky Danny Welbeck.

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