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Theo Walcott could revive his career at Everton

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According to the Daily Mail, Everton boss Sam Allardyce has made enquiries about the availability of Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott.

The Toffees have a lack of out-and-out strikers at the club, with youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse their only real striking options, as Wayne Rooney looks set to continue in a central midfield position.

Everton’s attacking play this year has been slow and ponderous due to the lack of pace in their forward line. Theo Walcott has bags of pace and is a decent finisher. Maybe he could be an ideal solution to that lack of pace.

Out-of-favour at Arsenal

Walcott was once a highly rated young player, who seemed like he had the world at his feet. At 17-years of age, he was in an England World Cup squad. However, things have not exactly panned out how most people expected they would for the forward at Arsenal.

The 28-year-old is no longer part of the England squad, due to a lack of first-team action with the Gunners this season. Walcott has yet to start a Premier League game this season. In fact, he has made just three substitute appearances in the top-flight.

His only starts have come in the Europa League and League Cup when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger decides to rest his star players.

Walcott’s situation at Arsenal has escalated very quickly. The winger made 28 Premier League appearances last season, scoring ten times in the process.

Theo Walcott has a decent scoring record for Arsenal, too, scoring over a hundred goals for the Gunners. Considering he has been injury-prone throughout his time with the north London club that is relatively impressive.

Could be played in his favoured position

Walcott has always longed to play as a central forward. During his periods as a centre-forward, he has scored on a regular basis, as he is a very decent finisher. If given a regular run in the team as a striker he may just rediscover his scoring touch.

Everton are definitely in need of a new striker in January after the big-money summer departure of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United. However, it would be a big ask of Walcott to lead the Everton attacking line.

The fact that Walcott is versatile could also be vital in any move. Everton are currently playing Aaron Lennon and Gylfi Sigurdsson on the wings, which really is not ideal. Lennon has always been wildly inconsistent, while Sigurdsson is more effective in the number ten role.

The mercurial Yannick Bolasie is close to a return from injury, so he too provides a wide option, while the likes of Kevin Mirallas and Ademola Lookman have been in and out of the team this season.

Walcott would provide another good wide option. He may not be the most consistent player, but he possesses pace in abundance.

Looking to add to the squad in January

Everton spent big in the summer on a host of new players. Most those new players have struggled to adapt to life on Merseyside. Following a poor start to the season, it looked like the Toffees were set for a relegation scrap.

However, consecutive Premier League wins has lifted the club into the top half of the table. The bookmakers never believed the Merseysiders were in the relegation scrap and they are now odds of 5/6 to finish in the league’s top-ten this season.

The current squad does need improving and despite January not being the best time to strengthen their squad, I am sure Sam Allardyce and his staff are looking at adding quality players in the January transfer window.

Whether one of the players that arrive in January is Walcott only time will tell. However, one thing is for sure Walcott needs a change to revive his career and a switch to Merseyside may just be what he needs to revive his ailing career.

Would Theo Walcott be a good signing for Everton?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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