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Leon Osman reacts to Theo Walcott performance in cup victory

Everton v Salford City - Carabao Cup Second Round
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Leon Osman reacts to Theo Walcott performance in cup victory

Everton secured an impressive victory over Salford City in midweek in the Carabao Cup, but ex-player Leon Osman was disappointed with one man after the game.

Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti made 10 changes for the second round cup tie from the XI that beat Tottenham at the weekend in the Premier League and a number of fringe players caught the eye.

The Merseyside club dominated for large spells with a 3-0 win, albeit against a spirited League Two opponent in Salford.

Michael Keane opened the scoring with a header early in the first-half, while Gylfi Sigurdsson and Moise Kean were both on the scoresheet late in the second period.

Osman singled out senior Everton player Walcott after the match and explained that he missed a real opportunity to impress.

 

The 31-year-old attacker was an unused substitute on the opening day against Spurs and he got 90 minutes on Wednesday night against Salford, but struggled with his end product.

“I thought that for the first 20 minutes Theo Walcott was going to take his chance and be right on the cusp of the first team this season, but he dipped for that last hour and I was a little bit disappointed with that,” Osman told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.

Everton v Salford City - Carabao Cup Second Round

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TBR’s View:

Walcott, who cost the club £20million (Telegraph) in January 2018, looks like he’s got a real fight on his hand to break into Ancelotti’s XI.

New Everton signing James Rodriguez made a huge impression on his debut against Spurs and operated from the right flank where he had a licence to roam in-field.

It looks like right-winger Walcott is going to replace him anytime soon and the speedster needs to make the most of any chances he gets on the pitch, but will perhaps get a chance in the third round League Cup tie away to Fleetwood Town.

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