Albiston: Welbeck will benefit from Euros

Former Manchester United defender Arthur Albiston is eager to watch Danny Welbeck at the upcoming European Championships.

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After an impressive campaign partnering Wayne Rooney upfront for Manchester United, Welbeck will now jet off to Euro 2012 with the England squad. The tournament is his first senior international competition and his presence may prove vital with United team-mate Rooney sitting out the first two group games. 

Albiston was frank with the club's official website, as he expressed his surprise at how well the young Englishman has done in only his first full-fledged season with the Red Devils' first team.

"I didn't think Danny was strong enough to play up front,  I thought he could be like Nani or Ashley Young, cutting in from the wing," he said.

"He had goals in him but I didn't see him as a striker because he wasn't strong enough. But he's filled out, his legs are stronger and he wants to run which means defenders immediately back off to give you more space."

With Liverpool's Andy Carroll and Tottenham's Jermain Defoe seemingly ahead in the pecking order, Welbeck is unlikely to break into England manager Roy Hodgson's starting line-up, but Albiston believes the experience of attending such a prestigious tournament is beneficial enough to the player's development.

"It's great that he's going to the Euros. Even if he didn't play, he'd still benefit but both he and Phil Jones should come back better for us hopefully," he stated.

"Although I like Jermain Defoe, I think Welbeck has a good chance of starting in the Euros if he does well against Belgium in the friendly on Saturday."

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