Hull City: 'Robbie Brady can emulate Danny Welbeck's rise at Manchester United'
HULL City boss Steve Bruce has challenged Robbie Brady to follow in the footsteps of Danny Welbeck and use his loan spell as a stepping stone to big things at Manchester United.
Brady teamed up with the Tigers this week for a second time when signing a one-month loan deal and made his first appearance for Bruce in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Wolves.
A switch to the KC Stadium sees Brady back on the stage that convinced United he was worthy of a step-up to the first-team picture this term, but he will be keen to iron out the inconsistencies that dogged his first year in senior football.
Bruce will hope City are the beneficiaries of Brady's second coming and points to Welbeck as the role model for the youngster to emulate.
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After taking Welbeck to Sunderland on loan for the 2010-11 season, Bruce has seen his former striker blossom into a full England international and a regular in Sir Alex Ferguson's plans.
"Robbie's here to develop and, like I would say to any young lad from United, the challenge is there to make a name for yourself," Bruce told the Mail.
"Danny Welbeck is the best example of that.
"He had struggled at Preston and then he came to Sunderland and took some time to settle.
"But he's ended up being an England player and playing for Manchester United regularly.
"That's got to be the aim for any young lad leaving a big club on loan and this is a great opportunity for him."
Brady, still only 20, has time and a two-year deal on his side to make the grade at Old Trafford.
Progress has been tangible since he was last with the Tigers and he returned this week as a full Republic of Ireland international and with a United debut under his belt.
City can claim their part in Brady's development after making 41 appearances under Nigel Pearson and Nick Barmby last season.
At his dazzling best, the rookie showed himself capable of lighting up the Championship. At his worst, he typified the Tigers' limp surrender to a once bright season.
Bruce said: "We see it in a lot of young players, it can be difficult to stay consistent. They're always going to hit a dip.
"The only player I can look back on who didn't have a dip would be Ryan Giggs, he was a superstar from the very beginning and never stopped.
"Every other young player you tend to let them have 10 games, give them a breather, and see if they keep it going."
Brady is due to return to Old Trafford after City's trip to Nottingham Forest on December 1 but a contingency plan is thought to be in place to see that extended until January.
Much will depend on his impact under Bruce and his best route into the side could be at left wing-back in the Tigers' 3-5-2 shape.
That versatility appeals to the City boss and he said: "It's a month for now so we'll see how it goes.
"It was a no-brainer for us. He'll want to come here and enjoy himself and we've been on the look-out for some more bodies out wide.
"I've never seen so many players in a dressing room jump up when they saw him again. He's obviously got a great character.
"He's naturally left-footed, he can deliver, can take players on and gives us versatility.
"I've seen him playing left-back for Manchester Untied in pre-season and also as a winger for Ireland."
The captures of Brady and David Meyler this week has given Bruce depth at every turn and with Jack Hobbs and Tom Cairney also due back in action in the coming weeks, the City boss says further business before January is unlikely.
He added: "We're always on the look-out in case something happens.
"Management is about covering your back sometimes but as we stand, with everyone fit, I'm perfectly happy.
"And why shouldn't I be? We've practically played everyone in the division and there's nothing to fear."