Premier League great sees potential in Arsenal new-boy.Former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer does not agree with the view that Arsenal’s new signing Danny Welbeck cannot be a 25-goal-a-season striker, according to BBC Sport.
The Magpies legend was one of the greatest centre-forwards ever to play in English football, but he has offered his backing to Welbeck after his surprise deadline day move from Manchester United to Arsenal in a £16m deal.
Welbeck’s goals record during his time at Old Trafford was not the greatest, though some have argued that he was too often played out of position on the flanks, and that he could shine if given the chance to play as a central striker often enough.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that that is where the 23-year-old will play, and Shearer is confident that once he gets a run of games he can become a player who will be able to score 20-25 goals a season for his club.
“I’ve heard people say he is never going to be a 20 or 25-goals-a-season striker. I disagree,” the Match of the Day pundit said.
“When I left Southampton at nearly 22, I was not a regular goalscorer. I scored a hat-trick on my debut and then found goals quite hard to come by.
“It is not until you feel like the main man or part of a team that the confidence comes out. Once Welbeck gets in that Arsenal team and gets three or four goals, he can go on and get a load of goals.”
Welbeck was on the scoresheet twice for England this week as Roy Hodgson’s side overcame a difficult away game against Switzerland, emerging as 2-0 victors in the opening match of their quest to qualify for the 2016 European Championships.
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