England manager Roy Hodgson has said that Arsenal’s £16 million acquisition of former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on deadline day could turn out to be a steal, as reported by the Daily Express.
Welbeck was in spectacular form against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday night, scoring a sensational hat trick to give the Gunners an important three points in the group stage.
Hodgson was in attendance at the game, and with Daniel Sturridge unavailable for the national side in the coming international break, Welbeck has put himself firmly into the manager’s thinking.
The England boss used him as a central striker during the Three Lions’ last game against Switzerland, and Welbeck duly rewarded him with two goals.
It would not be a surprise to see Welbeck feature in the same role again for the double header against San Marino and Estonia.
Hodgson said: “Danny’s doing well.
“I’m very pleased he’s doing well and it’s good for us he’s following up his England goals with Arsenal goals.
“He is a good player. It seems to me in the days of very high transfer fees that £16million does seem a fairly reasonable price to pay but it is up to Daniel to show that he is worth that money.
“If he continues to do so well that people are writing ‘this was a steal’ or ‘this was a great piece of business’ even better still.”
Welbeck has previously scored 10 goals in 28 games for the national team.