Everton manager Marco Silva has singled out Theo Walcott for special praise, after the winger helped the Toffees overcome Watford in the Carabao Cup.
The club are now into the competition’s quarter-finals thanks to a 2-0 win, with Walcott making an impact after replacing Moise Kean at half-time.
The former England international crossed for Mason Holgate to open the scoring, before Richarlison put the tie to bed.
Silva made a bold decision to hook youngster Kean, which has not gone down too well with some supporters, but Walcott at least made his manager’s decision justifiable.
Speaking about the 30-year-old, Silva said (Mirror): “He allowed us to build our attacks quicker, and the gaps were bigger. He helped Alex Iwobi have a bigger impact, too. Theo was really important for us.
“Theo was always a really important player for me, even sometimes when he was not playing and starting the games. He deserved it. He is in a good moment, a really important player us.”
Walcott will now hope to return to the starting XI for the weekend Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
TBR’s view – Walcott suits impact player role
Walcott made a positive impact for Everton, but maybe coming off the bench is how he can be used most effectively.
The former Arsenal man – who earns £100,000-a-week at Goodison Park (Spotrac) – has looked better in recent weeks, but Silva should be trying to get Kean into his starting XI as often as he can as the talented youngster needs minutes.
Bringing Walcott on in the later stages of games to stretch tired full-backs is something that could pay dividends going forwards.