With just one year left on his Arsenal contract, Danny Welbeck may be looking to revitalise his career with a move away after just 12 Premier League starts in 2017/18, with Newcastle United leading the race to secure his signature.
Oddschecker, perhaps following reports from TEAMtalk, rate the Magpies as the clear favourites to seal a deal for the England international at 4/1, with Everton and Fulham in the race at 5/1 each and Southampton and Watford also not out of the picture at 6/1.
Of course, the change of management and arrival of Unai Emery could change his situation, but the lack of urgency to consider offering him a new contract is not a good sign if Welbeck does want to remain at the club.
“I think people forget he’s only 27. He should be in his prime now, he needs to play on a regular basis and whether he’s going to get that opportunity, I don’t think he will at Arsenal with the players in front of him… With the money bounding around now for players, like £50m-plus for not brilliant players, but average players, then £15m you’d think: ‘I’d take that chance.’ I think that so many clubs would be in for Danny Welbeck.”
A move to St. James’ Park would be the ideal move for the forward, who even now at the age of 27 is yet to enjoy the role of the main man in attack for any of his clubs, whether as a youngster on loan at Preston North End or Sunderland or at huge clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal.
Rafa Benitez and the Magpies are clearly on the look-out for fire power to add potency to their front line and a proven Premier League striker like Welbeck would fit that profile perfectly, giving him a real platform to prove himself.
The biggest obstacle to a potential move may well be the finances, with Arsenal unlikely to be keen to loan him out and potentially see him leave for free next summer whilst Newcastle are not big spenders.
If a deal can be agreed, Newcastle may be just what Welbeck needs to show just what he can do again and attempt to reach double figures for goals for the second season in a row for the first time in his career.