Gracia: “He's A Very Important Player”
By Kevin Affleck
Javi Gracia is excited about the possibility of working with Danny Welbeck and integrating him into his team.
The Golden Boys pulled off one of the highest profile deals in its history yesterday when they signed the 42-cap England striker who was part of the squad that reached the semi-final of last summer's World Cup.
Nearing 29 and approaching what should be his peak years, Welbeck will add firepower in the Hornets' attack and also gives Gracia another more than useful option in the wide areas.
“He's a very important player, not only for me but everyone in this country,” said the Head Coach. “He's an international player for England, high-quality player and I think he's a very good player for us.
“He's a very good striker or winger; he can play in different positions. He is always attacking, he's a very fast player and is a strong finisher. To have a player of his experience and quality is good for the team.”
Welbeck has the ability to get in behind, possesses the physique to hold the ball up and he is also a potent weapon in the air. Gracia sounded like a man who knew exactly where he was going to use him once his return to action has been mapped out by the medical staff.
“I'm sure he will give us good options,” said Gracia. “He has different skills and he can help the team. We need to check what he needs to be in the best condition and after try to help him be playing as soon as possible and help the team. I'm looking forward to the moment when he can play and help the team.”
Welbeck met Gracia in the Head Coach's office yesterday and the new signing backed up everything Tom Cleverley said about his former Manchester United teammate being a good bloke.
“He is very nice, very warm and it's a pleasure to speak with him,” said Gracia. “I wished him the best with us. I have spoken to other coaches and players and they have very good things to say about him, personally and professionally.”