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Theo Walcott admits desire to stay at Southampton after Everton loan deal

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Theo Walcott admits desire to stay at Southampton after Everton loan deal

Theo Walcott has seemingly hinted at a desire to stay at Southampton long-term, beyond the loan agreement he currently has with his boyhood club from Everton.

The former England regular was allowed to rejoin the South Coast club this summer after it became clear that he would not be playing regular football at Goodison Park this season. 

Walcott was struggling to find a way into the Everton XI after the club’s summer transfer business saw James Rodriguez take his position on the right-hand side of midfield. 

Now he is back at Southampton and it seems that he would be more than open to working with Ralph Hasenhuttl and co long-term. 

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“The manager has pulled me to one side a few times and put me in a room to go through a lot of tactics, which is nice to see, just to get my coaching head on, because that’s something in the future I might want to look at,” Walcott told the official Southampton website. “It’s very interesting. I’m really enjoying my short time working with the manager at the moment and hopefully, it can be a long-term thing.”

It would certainly come as no surprise if Everton were to allow Walcott a permanent exit, especially with his contract expiring this summer.

 

In all fairness, he has never truly imposed himself ever since Sam Allardyce brought him to the club back in January 2018 for a reported (Independent) £20 million.

Walcott had his moments at Everton but all in all he was a frustrating figure for the Goodison faithful.

That said, he has always carried himself with immense dignity as a Toffee and no Everton fan could ever question his commitment to the club. 

Hopefully, wherever he does end up after Everton, he can start to recapture some of his previous magic.

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