2013/14 English Premier League
A local lad who has been at Manchester United since childhood, Welbeck has propelled himself through the ranks to establish himself as a first-team regular at Old Trafford.
Initially rejected by City as a youngster, Welbeck entered the United youth set-up and worked his way through the age-groups (here he is in a training session with Ruud van Nistelrooy) before being drafted into the first-team squad in 2008-09.
He impressed in the United under-18s' run to the 2006-07 FA Youth Cup final and made more waves in the reserves the following season, but then began to push for a first-team place as he made starts in the Carling Cup and Champions League.
Looking to play more regularly, he went on loan to Championship side Preston in January 2010 until the end of the season, although it was cut short by injury. Once fit again, he moved on loan to Sunderland for 2010-11 and scored six goals in 28 appearances, gaining many plaudits for his pace and skill, and winning his first international cap for England, against Ghana.
Having been promised a chance to make an impression on the first-team in the 2011-12 campaign, Welbeck took his opportunity with both hands as he relegated Javier Hernandez and the previous season's top-scorer Dimitar Berbatov to the bench, forging a formidable strike partnership with Wayne Rooney. Welbeck finished the 2011-12 campaign with 12 goals in 40 appearances, and then represented England at Euro 2012 -- starting three of his country's four games at the tournament and scoring the crucial winner in the 3-2 victory over Sweden.
His impressive rise through the United ranks did not go unnoticed and he was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. In August 2012, he signed a new four-year contract with United and in the following season, helped the club win a record 20th Premier League title. The arrival of Robin Van Persie saw Welbeck often deployed in an unfamiliar wide left position but he adapted his game effectively, despite notching only two goals in 40 appearances.
He has started life in the David Moyes' era on a high note, scoring twice in the Scotsman's first league game in charge -- a 4-1 win away at Swansea. The athletic striker has also become a regular in England's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign
Strengths: Likened by Sir Alex Ferguson to former Arsenal forward Nwankwo Kanu, Welbeck boasts more pace and strength than the Nigerian and is tough to deal with in the box.
Weaknesses: Positionally, he is still learning the game and he needs to determine when to make runs at the right time. His goalscoring record could also be improved.
Career high: Scoring a superb back-heeled winning goal for England against Sweden at Euro 2012 in what was only his seventh start for his country.
Career low: Injury cut short his time on loan with Preston and he must have wondered if he would be afforded a chance to shine again for his parent club.
Style: Strong, confident, skilful, a tricky customer to deal with.
Quotes: ''He's got a talent as good as anyone in the game for the forwards. He's confident, intelligent and certainly got the technical skills. He has a great belief in himself.'' Sir Alex Ferguson on Welbeck, 2011.
Trivia: Welbeck rejected the chance to play for Ghana, but made his senior England debut against the country of his parents' birth in March 2011.
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