COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Ronald Koeman should have one eye on the summer transfer window and Danny Welbeck could be the perfect replacement for Romelu Lukaku if the striker leaves.
The Everton star man has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park since last summer and with Champions League football set to elude the Blues once again, Lukaku could leave at the end of the season.
Koeman will be forced to bring in a top striker but without Champions League, or possibly even Europa League football, to offer as a lure he could face a tough task.
One player he should keep an eye on is Welbeck.
The Arsenal striker is one of the most injury-prone players in the Premier League but when fit, he can be deadly and he would certainly bring quality to Everton.
If the 26-year-old can string together a few months without injury and prove his fitness, he could be an exciting prospect on Merseyside.
Welbeck is under contract with the Gunners until 2019 but he’s unlikely to force his way back into the side as a regular starter, due to competition in numbers.
Despite his injuries, he has proven his goal-scoring talent and has netted a total of 34 goals in 144 Premier League appearances for United and Arsenal, and during a brief loan spell at Sunderland.
Welbeck still has great pace despite his injury setbacks and his movement will help Everton break down opposition, though he will need to be supported by another 15-goal-a-season striker.
Everton fans might not see him as a like-for-like replacement but they’re going to have to face facts that they’re not going to be able to replace Lukaku with an elite striker until Everton can offer regular Champions League football.
Welbeck’s arrival, while a definite gamble, would certainly put the Blues back on the map if it paid off.
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