Danny Welbeck

Player of the Day: Danny Welbeck

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by Oscar Chamberlain

Loanee striker in the spotlight.

Danny Welbeck spent eight months on Wearside during the 2010-11 season in a loan spell that proved to be a spring-board for the Manchester United striker.

Having made 24 first-team appearances for United, in which he scored five goals, Welbeck joined Preston North End on loan before moving to Sunderland in 2010.

The Manchester-born striker made his Sunderland debut in a 2-2 draw with Birmingham City at the Stadium of Light and scored his first Black Cats goal in the famous 3-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

That goal instigated a scoring run for Welbeck as he notched a double the following week in a home draw with Everton before he also scored in a 3-2 defeat at Wolves.

Welbeck bagged the only goal in a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in December 2010 before he scored his final Sunderland goal in the January in a 3-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers.

Unfortunately for Welbeck, he would pick up two injuries that curtailed his loan spell and he finished 28 appearances in his time with the Black Cats.

In his first season back at Old Trafford, Welbeck scored 12 goals in 39 appearances to earn himself a place on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

And he continued to impress last season as the Red Devils won the Barclays Premier League by some margin.

Welbeck also become the first Englishman to score a goal at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu since Alan Smith in 2001 as United drew 1-1 with the Spanish giants.

He’s also made strides in his England career since his Wearside departure; after making his debut in 2011 against Ghana, Welbeck has notched five goals and a further 15 caps.