Danny Welbeck is so laid-back he's almost horizontal, but make no mistake: this is a striker with real potential, as he demonstrated for both United and Preston last term.

2009/10 appearances/goals: Premier League 1(4); FA Cup 1; Carling Cup 3, 2 goals; Champions League 2. Total 7(4), 2 goals

Season soundbite: "The goal tells you everything about Danny's quality." – Sir Alex after the Carling Cup win over Wolves

In a word: Developing

28/05/2010 07:00, Report by Ben Ashby
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Player review: Welbeck

Danny Welbeck offered fans of two clubs more glimpses of his undoubted talent in a season curtailed by a late knee injury...

Story of the season: Danny got his personal campaign underway in the Carling Cup third-round tie against Wolves in September, and wasted little time opening his goal account, scoring the winner in the 1-0 win. A week and a half later he made his only league start of the season in the 2-2 draw at Sunderland. He followed that by coming off the bench against Bolton in the next league game, and 10 days later he was back in the Carling Cup starting line-up. The fourth-round opponents were Barnsley, and again Welbeck was on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win. Next came another little milestone in his fledgling career – his Champions League debut. Danny won’t remember it too fondly, though, as United lost 1-0 at home to Besiktas, surrendering a proud home record in the process. Further starts came against Tottenham in the Carling Cup, Wolfsburg in the Champions League and Leeds in the FA Cup, as well as a couple of Premier League appearances from the bench. After the arrival of Mame Biram Diouf in January, Sir Alex allowed Danny to become his son Darren’s first acquisition for Preston. The loan move went well, with Danny notching twice in his first three games, but a knee injury in March cut

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