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Sunderland's home-grown core impresses Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck
Welbeck, Turner and Henderson have all pushed themselves into England reckoning at under-21 and senior level

Sunderland forward Danny Welbeck has backed the club's young English talent to continue firing the club up the Premier League table this season.

The Black Cats lie seventh in the Premier League, with players such as Jordan Henderson, Michael Turner and Welbeck pushing for England honours.

"We've got a good young English core here," Welbeck told BBC Newcastle.

"We're a great young team who are hungry and just want to go as far in the game as they can."

Welbeck's recent form has been pivotal for the Black Cats, with a brace in the 2-2 draw with Everton on Monday taking his tally to three in two games.

Signed from Manchester United on a season-long loan, Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has been impressed with the contribution of the England under-21 forward.

"That's why we brought him to the club, you go on his ability and that's never been in question," Bruce said.

"He's a young lad and he's thriving on the challenge here, and if he keeps playing like that his price tag will go up and put us in an impossible situation.

"The kid wanted to play regularly and he needed to play. He's getting that and he's a fantastic footballer, naturally gifted.

"He's enjoying it and he's enjoying challenging Asamoah Gyan and Darren Bent."

Welbeck was initially used as a wide player by Bruce in a 4-5-1 formation, but most recently has figured in a striker role in a traditional 4-4-2.

"It's my preferred position, but as I've said many times if the gaffer wants to play me on the wing or across midfield I've not got any problems because I'm a young kid just developing land earning the trade," Welbeck continued.

"Any experiences, on or off the pitch would help me, I would benefit from it definitely."

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