BRIGHTON: WHY WELBECK COULD BE CRUCIAL

Brighton and Hove Albion striker Danny Welbeck showed his quality over the weekend when he helped the Seagulls secure a big win at the home of Southampton in a crucial league game at the wrong end if the table. Brighton started the weekend in danger of falling into the relegation zone for the first time in several months but they were able to allay those relegation fears with the 2-1 away victory over the Saints and Danny Welbeck played a big part in the win to suggest that he would have an important role to play if Brighton will escape relegation from the English top flight at the end of this season. Brighton were only away from the relegation zone on goal difference at the start of the weekend but they have been able to move three points clear after the win over Southampton on Sunday.

Danny Welbeck was a free agent as at October 2020 when Brighton snapped him up but he has not always been fit to take his place in the Seagulls squad. The Englishman has an unwanted reputation with injuries due to the fact that he has battled with injury for a large part of his football career. Danny Welbeck was a Watford player last season and he missed several games as a result of injury. He was able to prove his fitness at the start of his Brighton career at the end of last year until he sustained a knee injury during the away game with West Ham United few days to the end of 2020. Danny Welbeck recovered from the knee injury some weeks ago and he’s gradually nearing full fitness. The ex-Arsenal and Manchester United player made his first start for Brighton in months during the Southampton game and he was able to make his mark. Welbeck was responsible for the assist that produced the winning goal of the match scored by Belgian international Leandro Trossard at the start of the second half. Brighton had the lead in the first half through skipper Lewis Dunk only for it to be cancelled out by the goal from Southampton player Che Adams in the same first half as the two teams settled for a score draw at the interval thus paving the way for Trossard to win the game for the visitors in the second half. Danny Welbeck gave a good account of himself against the Saints and he would be hoping to retain his place in the starting XI when the Seagulls welcome Newcastle United in a relegation six-pointer in the coming weekend.

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