There wasn’t much to celebrate during last weekend’s 0-1 loss to Everton at Goodison Park, but Watford fans found a bright spark in the introduction of Danny Welbeck.
The former Man United and Arsenal ace replaced Will Hughes in the 67th minute of the August 17 tie and fans were quick to make him feel at home in the Hornet family, as they belted out a new song for him just minutes after he came on.
Welbeck, 28, told Watford FC’s website: “I got a great reception from the Watford fans – that was very pleasing. I couldn’t hear fully but I could make it out and it was very nice. I’m planning to make them sing it a lot more once I start playing a lot more often.”
It was Welbeck’s first period of playing time since he badly damaged his ankle playing for Arsenal in November, and he’s hoping it’s his first appearance of many this season.
He added: “It was great to get on the field. It’s been a long time coming and something I’ve worked hard for. I’ve not had a full pre-season and I’ve only had three or four training sessions, so it’s a bit new to me, being on the pitch with new players. I’m going to keep on training hard during the week and hopefully be sharper next week and I’ll be ready to go.”
Hornets boss Javi Gracia clearly saw enough in the England striker’s few training sessions with the team to trust him to put in a shift on the weekend.
“I am happy for him because he was a long time injured and today was his first game,” said Gracia. “He had the team happy with his performance and I’m sure in the future he will help us.”
Photo courtesy of Watford FC and Alan Cozzi