Opinion: £75k p/w ace’s experience can help Southampton youngsters amid drastic wage cut
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Opinion: £75k p/w ace's experience can help Southampton youngsters amid drastic wage cut

Theo Walcott took a 50% pay cut to join Southampton on a permanent transfer from Everton.

According to The Athletic, the England international made the decision to take a drastic cut from his wages due to his keenness on joining the Saints.

It leaves the former Arsenal man on just £75k-per-week, however, makes him the joint-highest earning player at the club, alongside Danny Ings.

The move proves to be the club’s first piece of business for the transfer window ahead of next season, and one Ralph Hasenhuttl approves of.

Speaking after the announcement after Walcott signed a two-year deal to move to St Mary’s Stadium on a full-time basis, the Austrian claimed the 31-year-old’s influence was ‘very good’.

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However, just how much of an influence will the veteran attacker have on the south coast.

It’s hard to put in actual words just how much experience can help young players perform at any level within the Premier League.

We’ve seen the impact of someone like David Luiz at Arsenal. The Brazilian may not be the most universally liked player, but, there’s no doubting the impact he’s had on the likes of Bukayo Saka.

The 19-year-old has been one of the Gunners’ best players this season and he labelled the a big-hearted individual as he opened up on the help the former Chelsea ace gave youngsters.

Youth need to be steered in the right direction especially during times of difficulties, and who better than Walcott after his staggering career.

The winger joined Arsenal at the mere age of 16 and played/trained alongside club legends like Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry.

He’s also lifted the FA Cup on three seperate occassions, so would bring a great winning mentality to the club and it’s players.

Experience plays an enormous part in the development of young players. Introducing a player like Walcott to the Saints squad could help smoothen the process of many young attacking stars like Michael Obafemi and co.

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