Theo Walcott needs to prove last Everton performance was no fluke
Theo Walcott is someone that had a great career at Arsenal, but it’s not quite happened for him on the same level since his move to Everton.
The English attacker scored 108 goals and managed 78 assists in 399 appearances for the North London club, after initially joining from Southampotn.
He made the move to Goodison Park in January 2018 in a £20million deal (BBC) and for the Toffees hasn’t been anyone near as influential.
The right-winger has only scored nine times in 62 appearances for the Merseyside club and has had some poor performances during that time which suggest he’s on the decline.
Everton boss Marco Silva handed Walcott his first Premier League start of the season at the weekend in the 2-0 win against West Ham and his decision was repaid.
Despite not getting on the scoresheet, the wide man delivered one of his best displays to date for the club with an explosive contribution.
He set up Bernard’s opening goal with an intelligent through ball and looked so dangerous with his dribbling in wide areas, while defensively he helped out his full-back too.
A lot of people were surprised by his performance and it showed that there is still a lot for the 30-year-old to offer moving forward this season.
Everton travel to Brighton on Saturday in their next league fixture and Silva would be a brave man to change his starting XI.
Walcott should be on a mission to prove that last weekend’s individual performance wasn’t a fluke and that he should be pushing for a starting role in every match.
He’s an experienced winger that showed a real hunger to be on the pitch and he can’t afford to slip back into being distant in games.
There is plenty of competition in wide areas in the Everton squad and Walcott has a lot of work to do if he wants to stick around.
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