Danny Welbeck is now a free agent after it was agreed he could cancel his contract with Watford the same day West Ham cancelled Jack Wilshere’s contract and Theo Walcott returned to Southampton.

Watford's English striker Danny Welbeck (L) is consoled by Arsenal's Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez after losing the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 26, 2020. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP)
Watford’s English striker Danny Welbeck (L) is consoled by Arsenal’s Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez after losing the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 26, 2020. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP)

Danny Welbeck joined Watford on a free transfer just last summer but the club and player have come to an agreement that sees his contract cancelled and the 29-year-old now a free agent.

Welbeck made just 20 appearances for the Hornets since signing on a three-year deal but he will not have to see out the final years of his contract.

Jack Wilshere also terminated his contract at West Ham ‘by mutual consent’ although it seems it was more West Ham’s idea than his.

Wilshere made even fewer performances for the Hammers than Welbeck managed for Watford, totalling up just 837 minutes across 19 appearances in two years.

Wilshere was at pains to point out he was not always injured at West Ham and there were plenty of times he just wasn’t being selected.

Theo Walcott, meanwhile, joined Southampton on loan for the rest of the season, returning to the place he first left for Arsenal 14 years ago.

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Carlo Ancelotti made it clear that Walcott’s role at the club would be as a squad player and only handed him his first league minutes of the season at the weekend when he brought him on for the last 12 against Brighton.

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