Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t think Theo Walcott will be leaving Goodison Park this transfer window.
The winger is currently on the fringes for the Toffees, and has not featured at all in the Premier League so far.
He was left out of the squad for the West Brom and Crystal Palace games, and also didn’t feature against Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup.
His only involvement so far has been against Salford City, whom he played a full 90 minutes against.
Walcott has struggled at Everton since joining the club in January 2018 on the watch of Sam Allardyce for a reported £20 million (BBC Sport).
In 84 appearances he has scored just 11 goals and made nine assists.
His recent lack of minutes has led to suggestions he could be exit-bound, but Ancelotti appears not to expect him to leave.
Asked about the player’s future, he said (Liverpool Echo): “I don’t think so. The problem is the competition is really high in this moment.
“Sometimes it can happen that a player, like Theo, is not involved.
“Unfortunately this is the decision I have to take and I am not absolutely happy to take this kind of decision, to leave out a player like Walcott. A player who is professional, serious in training and always ready.”
TBR’s View – Walcott’s days could be numbered
With James Rodriguez already flourishing at Goodison Park, £100,000-a-week star Walcott (Spotrac) faces a huge task getting back into the side.
Also in there for competition are the likes of Alex Iwobi and Bernard.
That he was left on the bench against Fleetwood could ultimately be quite telling.
Although he seems unlikely to leave in the next week, perhaps speculation will pick up again in January.