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West Bromwich Albion Join Race For Injury-Prone Arsenal Ace: Can He Be An Astute Addition?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

After their two wins on the trot in their first two Premier League outings against Bournemouth and Burnley, results haven’t worked out in favour of West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies shared points with Stoke City and West Ham United and were beaten Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal, and as a result, they are currently placed 12th in the league table with eight points after six league games.

Under the tutelage of Tony Pulis, West Brom finished 10th in the league table last term and frankly speaking, they must have set a yardstick of finishing higher in the league table this time around.

Pulis bolstered his arsenal considerably as he lured the likes of Oliver Burke, Jay Rodriguez, Kieran Gibbs and Gareth Barry to the Hawthorns over the course of the summer transfer window. However, there is still some room for further additions.

As per one of the latest reports by The Daily Star, Arsenal’s forward Danny Welbeck has been linked with a move to the ranks of Pulis, amidst interests from Everton. Welbeck has smashed three goals and registered an assist in five appearances in the English top division this season. Signed on a five-year deal from Manchester United in 2014, his contract expires at the end of next season and thus, these two quality clubs have put him on their radar.

Negotiations have commenced between the North London based club and the 26-year-old for the extension of his contract, although nothing substantial has been finalized. Arsene Wenger is already has a severe headache as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are yet to give their consent to extend their stay at the Emirates Stadium and thus, he is reluctant to enter into a similar scenario with respect to Welbeck.

Nonetheless, a report linking the Englishman to Albion isn’t really a surprise, for if he comes for cheap, he would be an astute addition for them. Welbeck is an asset for the side who works really hard, but it would not be absurd to underline that he is yet to unleash his potential completely. Tall, strong and fast, the former Manchester United man has truckloads of experience under his belt too.

Injuries have played a role in putting a dent on his development time and again, with his latest groin injury likely to put him out of action until mid-October after he kicked off the new season in a handsome manner. West Brom already have the likes of Solomon Rondon and Rodriguez and thus, if a move eventually materializes, the striking force of the Throstles would get enhanced adequately.

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