Danny Welbeck is a professional footballer who currently plays for Arsenal in the English Premier League.
The injury-prone striker, who can also be used as a winger, represents England on the international stage, although he has direct connections to Ghana through both his parents. Coincidentally, Welbeck made his senior international debut for England in a match against Ghana at Wembley Stadium.
Danny Welbeck was born Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck on 26 November 1990 in Longsight, Manchester, United Kingdom, as the son of Elizabeth Tumtuo and Victor Chris Welbeck. His father, Victor, is from the Greater Accra region of Ghana, while his mother, Elizabeth, is from Nkawie in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
Welbeck grew up in a middle-class home that supported his dream of becoming a footballer. He began playing for the local team Fletcher Moss before joining Manchester United’s youth academy at the age of eight. He played in various Manchester United youth teams, where his natural abilities shone and attracted the attention of some senior players such as Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Roy Keane, who took time out to look after the young lad.
In the 2005-06 season, Welbeck played for the Manchester United U-18 team. The following year he signed his first trainee contract and almost immediately rose to the reserve team. In the 2007/08 season, he made his debut for the senior national team of United in smaller roles.
The minor roles were played until January 2010, when he was sent out on loan for an urgently needed first-team action. He moved to the championship team Preston North End, which was managed by Sir Alex Ferguson’s son Darren Ferguson. During his time there, his injury problems began to show. Danny Welbeck, who suffered from Osgood-Schlatter disease, suffered swelling of the knee. His loan agreement was immediately canceled because he had to return to his parents’ club for surgery.
In August of the same year, he came to Sunderland under a one-year loan agreement for the 2010/11 season. He took advantage of this opportunity on the back of his neck as he scored important goals for his new team, which meant he was to be covered by the English national team before Ghana could tie him up. Welbeck, however, had more injury problems and only had 28 appearances for Sunderland before returning to Manchester United for treatment.
Danny Welbeck returned to Manchester United for the following campaign and was given a starting position alongside Wayne Rooney. He played a total of 39 matches and scored 12 goals this season, making it his most successful season of the club. From that point until the end of the 2013-14 season, Welbeck never looked as if he would reach the heights he had hoped for, as it was difficult to get playing time as he was played from his preferred position.
On the day of the transfer in September 2014, Welbeck left Manchester for London and switched to Arsenal for a fee of around £16 million. Having been compared in his youth to former Arsenal strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Nwankwo Kanu, Welbeck was happy to join the club of his childhood hero Thierry Henry. He worked very hard to prove his opponents wrong but was again plagued by injuries.
Danny Welbeck continues to show signs that he is the brilliant world-class player everyone thought he was, but only if he manages to keep fit would he ever reach these lofty heights.
Personal Life – Girlfriend
Danny Welbeck has always preferred to let the world know very little about his private life. Since he came into the limelight for Manchester United, no tabloid has linked him with a girl. The closest we came to a story about a possible girlfriend was when he got into a Twitter fight with a Nigerian girl named Opeoluwa from Canada.
The fight started when the girl posted a photo of her and the football star saying he was stupid and annoying, and Danny replied, fuelling the argument. The fight lasted only a few minutes as the girl immediately deleted the photo from her profile.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck
Date of Birth: 26 November 1990
Place of Birth: Longsight, Manchester, United Kingdom
Height: 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm)
Weight: 73kg (160 lbs)
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Profession: Football Player