The Daily Mail report that Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on a loan move for Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, and will look to pay his wages in full. Tottenham are one of a couple of teams looking at the availability of the England striker, who wants regular first team football away from United. A loan move could suit all parties, as Welbeck will look to prove himself to Louis van Gaal who was believed to be a fan of his. Welbeck is believed to prefer a move to Tottenham, but United’s unwillingness to negotiate with rival clubs could scupper a move.
Spurs are looking into ways they can get the deal over the line, offering to pay his wages and ensuring he cannot face United when the teams do battle this season. A loan move would be ideal. Selling Welbeck I believe would be a big mistake, it’d be losing a player that can be a big part of things going forward. Where he may not be the 30 goals a season striker we will need after van Persie, or the flying winger we need now, Welbeck has a lot to offer. Di Maria has been bought in to inject a bit of pace into our attack, but Welbeck has pace to burn and would save a signing.
Another benefit would be him getting first team minutes, and a chance to show Louis van Gaal and any doubters that he is capable of scoring goals and so much more than he has been showing recently. It would be a crying shame to completely rid ourselves of Welbeck, as he is a local lad and can bring the much-needed passion to our play, but at the same time sentimentality has no place in winning trophies. Tottenham would be a good move for him too, European football and challenging the top six in the Barclays Premier League will be far more beneficial to him than a move to the likes of Aston Villa or Swansea, who with respect won’t realistically be challenging to that scale.
The factors United bosses will be taking into account is whether Welbeck could help steer Tottenham further ahead of United in the race for a European spot, a lot could depend on who we bring in. It would mean a break of a policy to get this move done, and it may well not happen this way, but should Tottenham put an attractive enough offer on the table then I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If Lisbon can take Nani without paying a penny of his wages, then why wouldn’t we utilise a deal that would involve a chunk of the wage budget being covered by someone else? Ideally for me, Welbeck will either stay, or move away on loan, but I don’t make the decisions. To lose him would be a blow (honestly), but we will have to wait and see what surfaces over the weekend.
If he does go, whoever gets him will be benefitting from Manchester United’s loss.