Noel Whelan has criticised Theo Walcott after his loan move from Everton to Southampton was secured on transfer deadline day.
Indeed, the 31-year old will join up with his boyhood club for the rest of the 2020/21 season after falling out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti.
Whelan has claimed that Walcott did not take his chance at the Merseyside club as the former Leeds United striker gave his thoughts to Football Insider on the loan move. He said:
“Walcott was clearly not in Ancelotti’s plans.
“He was given an opportunity to shine when he first came in but he did not do it. Let’s be honest, he has not done it at Everton since he got there. It was not a good move for player or club.
“I think he will be better off at Southampton because the strength in depth now at Everton is fantastic. He is not going to get opportunities there.
“It is the best deal for everyone involved. Walcott gets to go to a club he knows well and it might be easier for him to get into the team there. Everton are a different animal now. They have better quality than Theo Walcott.”
Walcott’s weight of expectation
Walcott had a weight of expectation on his shoulders when he arrived at Goodison Park from fellow Premier League rivals in Arsenal for a hefty £20.25m back in the January transfer window of 2018.
In a total of 397 games in all competitions for the Gunners, the England international scored a rather impressive 108 goals and supplied a further 78 assists considering he was mainly operating from the right flank, according to Transfermarkt.
Disappointment at Everton
Despite his impressive figures at the Emirates Stadium, Walcott has never really lived up to his price tag while playing for the Toffees.
Indeed, the winger has only managed to score 11 times and provided just nine assists in 85 matches across all competitions for the Blues, as per Transfermarkt.
Walcott not in Ancelotti’s plans
Walcott does not seem to be in the future plans of Ancelotti, as Whelan claims, backed up by the fact that he has sent the 31-year-old on loan to the Saints.
Should Everton sell Walcott?
Nonetheless, Everton will surely hope to get some good money for him at the end of his loan spell with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
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