Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke has questioned the fact that Arsenal were able to sign Danny Welbeck for only £16 million, with the former hit man declaring that the fee was a “disgrace”, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Yorke was part of an era of utmost success at the Old Trafford club, with the former Trinidadian international having been involved in Man Utd’s famous 1999 Treble winning side.
He was amazed that the north London club were able to sign Welbeck in the first place, but even more stunned when it turned out that he had moved for such a small fee.
The retired player is of the opinion that Arsene Wenger has managed to get himself a real bargain the shape of Welbeck, and believes his value will rise from here.
Louis van Gaal himself has panned Welbeck, suggesting that his record did not match up to Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie, but Yorke is convinced he will regret the sale.
He said: “£16million – that’s a disgrace.
“When Lallana and Shaw have gone for £25million and £27million, that’s pathetic.
“That’s why I cannot understand the market. He had to be a loan deal – especially with Falcao not signing permanently.
“You could let Danny Welbeck go on a year’s loan, get some money and have that option. He’s worth more than £16million in today’s market. Shaw and Lallana – they’re worth that much more than Danny Welbeck?
“I don’t think so. Not with his pace and power.”
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.
Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has compared new signing Danny Welbeck, who scored a hat trick against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday night, to Gunners legend Thierry Henry, as reported by the Daily Star
The midfielder was struck by an injury in the club’s north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, and missed out on his side’s second game in the group stage of the Champions League.
Having only scored one so far for his new club, Welbeck was in blistering form on Tuesday.
One of the main criticisms of Welbeck prior to the clash with the Turkish side was about his finishing, with many believing him not to be clinical enough.
He belied those critics with his finishing on Tuesday, bagging three times to earn the Gunners a valuable point.
Ramsey said: “Welbeck has everything to make himself an Arsenal legend.
“He has pace, strength and finishing.
“He scored a very Thierry Henry-esque goal against Galatasaray; he just opened up his body and forced it into the side of the net.
“He put in a great performance on Wednesday night. It was the first hat-trick of his career and that will be important for him. He can tick that off and set his sights on getting more goals.”
Arsenal face Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, with the north London side set to meet former star Cesc Fabregas in that clash.