Ray Parlour claimed former Arsenal attacker Danny Welbeck would be perfect for West Ham.
“I think he would be perfect for West Ham or Newcastle,” said Parlour on talkSPORT (7:11am, Monday, July 29th).
The Sun reported on Sunday that Welbeck wants a weekly wage of £100,000 at his next club as well as wants a £5million signing-on fee, and the newspaper also claimed that the forward is struggling to find a new side as a result.
Parlour is clearly ignoring Welbeck’s injury record as when you consider his massive salary demands, he can’t be described as perfect for any club to sign. The 28-year-old has suffered several serious injuries during his career and even spent 200 days on the sidelines with an ankle injury in his latest campaign (Source: Transfermarkt). If Welbeck was open to a pay-as-you-play or taking a significantly lower wage then it would be easy to see where Parlour is coming from. After all the 28-year-old is a proven Premier League player. Welbeck has scored 42 goals, while assisting 26, in 206 appearances, so Manuel Pellegrini could sign him knowing that if he plays, then there’s a chance he’ll get goals. It’s also worth noting that the 28-year-old was having a good season in his 2018/19 campaign before getting injured. Welbeck scored five goals in his 14 outings and impressively that meant he averaged a goal every 121 minutes (Source: BBC). So while there’s no denying the attacker’s talents, it doesn’t automatically mean he is an ideal signing for the Hammers.