Last week, West Ham United fans received some disappointing – albeit not entirely shocking – news regarding Andy Carroll’s fitness.
The striker, who has been plagued by injuries over the last few years, is expected to be on the sidelines for three months after undergoing surgery on his ankle.
Defender Winston Reid is looking at a similar timeline following an operation on his knee.
West Ham are used to Carroll being out of action, but his absence for the first chunk of the season may force manager Manuel Pellegrini into looking for a replacement.
Club insider ExWHUemployee sparked an interesting reaction on Twitter when replying to a fan who was open to the idea of signing Danny Welbeck on loan from Arsenal.
Could be, I don’t think we have enquired yet but he has pace and Pellegrini said he wants that https://t.co/YxJJIiUrCI
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) July 15, 2018
The England international has also struggled with injury problems and has dropped down the pecking order at the Emirates.
Last season, Welbeck netted 10 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions, but he started just 24 of those fixtures, and he has 42 Premier League foals during his career for the Gunners and Manchester United, as per Transfermarkt.
The former Red Devil has had trouble finding the target in the past, and it seems that a large number of West Ham fans are concerned about his ability.
— Miles ??????? (@Miles_WHUFC) July 15, 2018
— John (@jrd_1999) July 15, 2018
Please god no. Guy can’t stand up
— Chris Cheeseman (@ChrisCheeseman2) July 16, 2018
? Welbeck reminds me of Heskey; people see talent, I just see someone who runs around a lot and scores very little. 15 goals in the last 4 years.
— 2Dubya (@CouchPotatoUK) July 16, 2018
Great striker if you want 2 goals a season ha
— clark_e_whitham (@clark_e_whitham) July 15, 2018
— Kevin Lowe (@kevinlowe12345) July 15, 2018
If he wants pace ….keep Antonio ?
— David Hughes (@DavidHu54131696) July 16, 2018