26.09. - Watford
Quique Sanchez Flores says he will not rush Danny Welbeck into a regular role as he wants him at full fitness.
The Hornets snared the England striker on a free transfer in August after seeing his contract at Arsenal expire earlier in the summer.
Welbeck’s spell at the Emirates was plagued by injury, curtailing his progress after joining from Manchester United in 2014.
Knee problems were his main problem, while he also suffered groin, toe and ankle issues during his time at the Gunners.
The 28-year-old will be hoping a change of scenery in Hertfordshire can be accompanied by a change of luck as he aims to add to his 42 England caps.
Welbeck has made four appearances for his new club and grabbed his first goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 EFL Cup third round win over Swansea.
With captain Troy Deeney sidelined, Watford have lacked goals this season, resulting in them picking up just two points from their six Premier League games, a tally that leaves them rock bottom of the Premier League.
After returning for a second spell in charge after Javi Gracia’s departure earlier this month, Sanchez Flores is still exploring the best combinations within his squad.
Having someone of Welbeck’s experience could be vital to the club as they look to plot their progress up the table. The Longsight-born forward won the Premier League and two EFL Cups at United, while he also lifted the FA Cup as a Gunner.
That experience of winning big games could be vital for his new side but the boss says he is happy to bide his time until the player is fully fit and ready to be unleashed on a more regular basis.
“I said two weeks ago we have a plan for him,” said Sanchez Flores. “We are taking care with him and we are very passionate about him coming back to the team.
“I want Danny 100 per cent so we can enjoy this Danny.”
Saturday sees Watford back in Premier League action when they face second-bottom Wolves at Molineux in a fixture they won 2-0 last season.