Theo Walcott completed 86 minutes in the win over West Ham on Saturday afternoon – and some Everton fans on Twitter were blown away by his performance.
The 30-year-old attacker started his first game in the Premier League this season at the weekend and sent out a message that he can still be a valuable option at Goodison Park.
Marco Silva’s team had lost four consecutive league games prior to the international break, but responded with a 2-0 home victory against West Ham.
The Merseyside giants fully deserved three league points after dominating for large spells and will hope they can now put a run of positive results together.
Bernard scored the opener in the first-half after a brilliant bit of dribbling inside the penalty box to create space and fire in a low shot.
Substitue Gylfi Sigurdsson then added a second late on with a trademark long-range effort that was curled in from outside the box.
A selection of Everton fans on social media picked out Walcott for his display and there was a sense of him proving many wrong.
The right-winger saw a thunderous effort strike the crossbar in the second-half and he looked back to his brilliant best, which included an assist for Bernard’s opener with a through ball past the defence.
His work-rate was phenomenal to cover so much ground both offensively and defensively, while West Ham full-back Arthur Masukau had a nightmare.
Here are some Everton fans on Walcott:
Walcott had a good start. Looks threatening. Doesn’t deserve anywhere near the criticism he receives from fans
— Morgan (@MorganEFC) October 19, 2019
Walcott has started well.
— Jay Howard (@thejayhowardd) October 19, 2019
Walcott has been superb.
— Trent Cini (@tjcini_6) October 19, 2019
Excellent tracking back from Walcott. Having a bit of a game here.
— J’aimelebleus (@Jaimeleblues_1) October 19, 2019
Quite concerned by how well Walcott has started the game 🥴
— Kieran Bannister (@KBannister96) October 19, 2019
dunno if I’m seeing things or not here but Walcott has learned how to play footie
— kriss akabusi (@mikeappo) October 19, 2019
Walcott has morphed into a footballer.
— Brian Banana (@Brian_ban) October 19, 2019
Who is this impostor at right wing and what have they done with theo walcott? pic.twitter.com/8B80UpHGEY
— Southern California Everton (@SoCalEverton) October 19, 2019