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Developing Danny

"Welbeck only scored twice but did he develop his game? By appearing in 40 matches for the Reds and having a key role to play in both legs against Real Madrid, in addition to many of the biggest domestic fixtures, the answer has to be an overwhelming 'yes'."

19/08/2013 15:44, Report by Adam Marshall
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Blog: Danny buoyed

The most outrageous of league debut goals against Stoke City way back in 2008 told us that - as did his return in the Reserves and Under-18s - and his strike-rate for England, including in major tournament matches, is impressive.

Hence, while there has been so much attention on his two-goal start at Swansea City, there shouldn't really be a great deal of surprise. Everybody should expect Welbeck to continue developing and emerging as a key player for United in the years to come, as potentially one of the best forwards in the division.

David Moyes was quick to recognise the striker's need to get into the area for tap-ins like the one he supplied to Antonio Valencia's driven pass at the Liberty Stadium. Meanwhile, the way he rounded things off late on by exquisitely lofting the ball over Michel Vorm and dropping it in at the far post was not the act of somebody lacking any confidence in front of goal.

Yet, for the highs of those strikes, maybe he'll learn just as much from Swansea's consolation after being dispossessed by Pablo Hernandez in a dangerous position deep inside his own half. It's all part of the learning process that goes with a player who only made his 100th career league appearance on Saturday.

The one thing that is for certain is an exciting individual who runs at opponents, works tirelessly, defends from the front and is emerging as a growing threat from set-pieces, is going to contribute more goals this season. Now a Premier League champion, Welbeck looks ready to wreak havoc in the top flight. 

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