“I grew up idolising the class of 1992,” he told GQ magazine. “The guys I came through the ranks with took great inspiration from them. To suddenly be there sharing a pitch and a dressing room with some of them is incredible.”
Following in footsteps of Beckham, Welbeck was sent out on loan to Preston, although only played a few games after picking up an injury, before joining Sunderland the following season. He didn’t see the decision to loan him out as a negative one though and was happy to get some first team football.
“I took it as a positive,” he said. “If you go away feeling down, you won’t do well so I got on with it and felt I did well. Last season was great for me. I got loads of Premier League experience and it felt good. I had never been away from Mum and Dad, and there I was miles away from home, in a new city. I had to fend for myself: I learnt to cook and clean. I guess you could say I grew up. My cooking wasn’t that good at first but soon it got OK. Having said that I am back home now and it’s back to Mum’s cooking!”