Before Danny Welbeck made £15m move to Arsenal, the England international was heavily linked with a move to Spurs.
It’s almost certainly true that even if Tottenham were willing to pay the money, Welbeck would have chosen Arsenal, where he would receive higher wages and play in the Champions League. The move to Arsenal, who have so many talented wide players, also ensured that he’d be picked as a central striker after several years being employed as an attacking utility man at Old Trafford.
Had Welbeck come to Spurs it’s likely that his versatility would have been utilised and perhaps it’s something that the player should have considered more carefully. He’s failed to score goals regularly in his favoured position at Arsenal and might have fared better on the flank at Spurs.
After all, Mauricio Pochettino’s system seems to get the best from his inverted wide players. Jay Rodriguez scored 17 goals for Southampton last season, while Nacer Chadli has nine in 22 games this term. A high percentage of Christian Eriksen’s goals have also come when he’s employed on the left.
Tottenham fans were divided on whether the club should sign Welbeck and you could say that his performances for Arsenal have proved the doubters right. Yet the flip side is that his pace would have given Spurs something that they lack, making him an ideal outlet on the left of midfield or leading the line slightly ahead of Harry Kane. Here’s how Welbeck compares to Kane this season.