Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Arsenal attacker Danny Welbeck this week. They, along with West Ham and Everton, have both been credited with an interest in a move for the England international striker.
As reported by The Mirror, Welbeck is out of contract in the summer and Arsenal are now looking to offer him a new deal ahead of a potential race to secure his signature.
The forward is undoubtedly a raw talent with the potential to succeed in the Premier League. However, he has struggled for match action since a £16 million (The Telegraph) move from Manchester United in 2014.
The main reason for his inactivity has been injury trouble.
Welbeck had to undergo two operations after an ankle break in November. He also underwent knee surgery in 2016. In total, he has played just 126 times for Arsenal in five seasons.
With that in mind, Newcastle should avoid a move for Welbeck.
Funding for transfers and wages at Newcastle is always tight. Welbeck, considering his previous market value, international caps and current salary will not come cheap. Even without a transfer fee, he would be an expensive recruit.
Considering his injury record it would be a massive gamble for Newcastle to pay high wages to the 28-year-old. Someone will have to roll the dice on Welbeck, but considering Newcastle’s current structure, it should not be the Magpies.