It is unlikely that the 19-year-old was due to return to Deepdale after an injury cut short his last loan spell and Darren Ferguson (Sir Alex’s son) will hope from a favour from his dad, but Blackpool are also interested, could a Premier League loan move be the making of the young striker?
Welbeck burst onto the scene on his Premier League debut scoring a 30-yard screamer against Stoke in a 5-0 victory for Manchester United in November 2008, but has failed to make an impact for the Red Devils.
Ian Holloway will want to bolster his striking options as his side prepare to take on the English top-flight next season, especially as it is unclear if they will sign DJ Campbell from Leicester, who are demanding £1 million for a player in the last year of his contract. Campbell starred this past season for the Seasiders scoring 11 goals during his loan spell, which included a hat-trick in the play-off semi final against Nottingham Forest.
The Blackpool manager has certainly got the best out of his team, who were tipped for relegation from the Coca-Cola Championship at the beginning of the season. Both United and the tangerine fans will be hoping that Holloway can continue his good work and get the best out of Welbeck like he has with his squad and particularly the aforementioned Campbell.
Also, the player has been deployed in a wider role than his preferred central striking position at United at times and would relish the opportunity to play as an out-and-out frontman. In a physical Premier League he could serve Holloway well as he has been compared to former Emmanuel Adebayor and Nwankwo Kanu in both his size and style.
The player may as well make the move as he is unlikely to get many opportunities in Manchester United’s attack next season as there are many other strikers already at the club such as Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, Javier Hernandez, Federico Macheda and Mame Biram Diouf. Welbeck may get picked for a few Carling Cup games if he stays and perhaps during the early rounds of the FA Cup, but this is arguably not enough to aide his development.
Even if he is not destined to make it at Old Trafford an impressive season at Blackpool could give Welbeck some resale value for Ferguson’s side.
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Danny Welbeck’s goal against Stoke: