Debate: Falcao, Balotelli or Welbeck?
Three of the biggest clubs in world bolstered their strike force over the transfer window with Arsenal recruiting Danny Welbeck, Liverpool turning to troublemaker Mario Balotelli and Manchester United pulling off the shock of the window by attaining Radamel Falcao.
But which of the three would you want in your team and which of these three superstars do you think will make the most impact? We’re going to look at the strengths and weaknesses of all three of these to try and determine who will score the most goals this season.
Let’s start with Danny Welbeck. Welbeck has had a mixed career at Manchester United showing moments of brilliance only to be counteracted by moments of complete hilarity to many non-United fans. Welbeck wasn’t helped by the fact that he has always been surrounded by superstar strikers at Manchester United from a very early age. Even currently with Rooney and Van Persie it was always going to be difficult for Danny to stamp his mark in a thriving strike force.
Sometimes having to play left and right midfield, Welbeck was never really allowed to settle in at United. You could see the potential was there. A fully fledged England international, and a young striker who managed to break through the Manchester United ranks despite the superstars they’ve always had must mean he has something special in his locker.
I believe Arsenal will be the club to see the potential Welbeck once promised. He will be the focal point for many months to come what with Olivier Giroud being injured and Yaya Sanogo not hitting form. In addition to this he will be surrounded by fast players who play a passing yet very skill-full game which will allow Danny to flourish.
This is a very bold statement but I can see a very slight resemblance to great Thierry Henry. A player in his mid-20’s who has never really shown greatness but huge potential coming to a club where he will be played week-in week-out and played in the right position with a great team. A player who also isn’t afraid to do a trick or two, someone who bounces of confidence. I don’t expect Welbeck to be top scorer but expect some great performances which will propel him to greatness.
Next up is the troublemaker himself Mr. Mario Balotelli. We all know Mario from his time at Manchester City where he enjoyed a mixed time. Showing moments of brilliance only to then ruin it by doing something totally stupid, on and off the pitch.
Brendan Rodgers may be seen as daft to be taking on such a troublesome player but at £16 million it is definitely a bargain. It’s not as if Rodgers hasn’t had to deal with troublesome players before as well!
Balotelli brings pace, power, skill, goals and most importantly a personality big enough to replace Luis Suarez. He enjoyed relatively little success at AC Milan but still managed a goal better than every other game (26 in 43 games) and this was with a very average team behind him in my opinion.
Now Mario has an outstanding team behind him with skill-full youth such as Sterling and Coutinho, whilst having the old guard of Gerrard keeping him in check. In addition to this he is playing with one of the best strikers in the world at the moment, Daniel Sturridge. These two could be potentially lethal upfront together so expect a ton of goals and assists between the two of them.
Many have people questioned whether they will clash but I feel Mario will finally shine as part of a team and not as an individual, for the right reasons for once as well.
Last up is Radamel Falcao who unbelievably signed for United on Deadline Day. Initially a loan, with a potentially £46 million move if they qualify for the Champions League which they will definitely do with this guy upfront.
There’s not much to say on the Colombian apart from that he will score plenty of goals for United. He’s scored so many wherever he has played and now he’s playing next to two of the greatest strikers in the world at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Van Gaal will know exactly how to get the best out of him as well. With Di Maria and Mata behind him as well it’s only a matter of time before Falcao opens his account for the season.
Let’s just reel of some stats:
Porto: 41 goals in 51 games
Atletico Madrid: 52 goals in 68 games
Monaco: 11 goals in 20 games (bare in mind he was injured for 4 months of the season)
These stats are just incredible and if I was a United fan I’d be very excited. I expect Falcao to be in contention for top scorer in the league at the end of the season.