Danny Welbeck's future at Manchester United appears to becoming to a crossroads as he hit back at claims from former manager David Moyes that he does not work hard enough in training, and also expressed fears over not being played in the correct position.
In Welbeck, Manchester United have something their attack lacks: pace and an the ability (or rather intent to run in behind). Hernandez has the latter, but lacks the former. Factor in his lack of physicality, versatility and all round game, it is no surprise he is even further behind Welbeck.
As Rooney and van Persie, they both prefer the ball to their feet and eek out their chances via clever teamwork or by angling out enough space for a shot. In that sense it is also no surprise they tend to cancel each other out.
Welbeck provides the perfect foil for either by stretching the defence, giving the other two more space and less distractions to work their magic.
Despite this, given the vastly higher profiles of Rooney (who upon signing a £300,000 a week contract cannot be dropped) and van Persie (a favourite of new manager Louis van Gaal), Welbeck will yet again not be allowed the opportunity to play regular football.
At the age of 23 Welbeck is at a critical juncture of his career; he can leave Old Trafford now and still have enough time to improve and return back to the top of English football with an ambitious club. Daniel Sturridge managed this with Liverpool and Welbeck can achieve something similar with the likes of Everton or Tottenham Hotspur - both who are looking for a striker.
The alternative is to stay and waste away on the bench; which would be a shame considering Welbeck has the ability to become a potent number nine for United.
In this editor's opinion, Welbeck should be given equal status with his illustrious counterparts. He may not be as talented as them, but the team overrides the individual and both Rooney and van Persie have been shown to work better with Welbeck, than with each other.