When Sam Allardyce signed Theo Walcott in January 2018 it was seen as a massive coup for Everton.
Fast forward just over 12 months and the deal, reported by BBC Sport as being worth more than £20 million, looks like a massive flop.
The 29-year-old left Arsenal after playing nearly 400 times for the Gunners in all competitions.
Regular football was proving hard to come by and off Walcott went in search of more frequent time on the pitch.
Signed as a stellar recruit, it is fair to say that the club’s supporters will have hoped for more.
In 44 appearances since signing for the club, he has contributed just seven goals and five assists. For an attacker that simply isn’t good enough.
His latest showing against Liverpool outed him as a man short on confidence, struggling to find any real consistency.
Walcott was hooked by boss Silva on 59 minutes yesterday and cut a disconsolate figure as he left the field.
The winger knows he isn’t in the best of form and will be desperate to revive his form.
Will he be afforded the time at Goodison Park, though?
Everton are in need of results and Richarlison offered more in 30 minutes yesterday than Walcott did in the previous 59.
Quite simply, the Toffees have better players within their ranks.
The former teen sensation is facing a real battle to revive his flailing career but on his derby-day showing, is it really worth it?
Everton created very little in the derby and although Walcott’s pace is an asset, that alone isn’t enough.
His end product was shocking against Liverpool and if Silva is to move Everton forward, he must target a new winger this summer.