Not Wayne Rooney. Not Jack Wilshere. Not even Steven Gerrard. The man one of our Mailboxers is talking about is Danny Welbeck. An interesting choice...
I literally can't believe the criticism that Welbeck has been getting recently. Even his defenders have resorted to praising his workrate and saying that he "does a job." Have I been watching a completely different Danny Welbeck to everyone else?
The Welbeck I see is England's most creative and technically adept player. He plays quick one-twos in crowded areas, turns defenders, drifts between the lines, chips keepers, and pulls off clever flicks that other players wouldn't even think to try. The fact that he is also quick, physically imposing, and hardworking is just the cherry on top.
My mind boggles at the suggestion that Theo Walcott - the very picture of pacey mediocrity - should start ahead of him.
I think Welbeck has become the new Michael Carrick. A few years ago you could tell whether or not someone really understood football by their opinion of Carrick. Most fans seem to judge players on a combination of reputation and fantasy football points - during matches they're like schoolchildren reading Shakespeare and not understanding any of it.