Everton supporters have been pretty despondent in recent times after seeing their team suffer a second successive Premier League defeat at the weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their clash with in-form Arsenal on Sunday off the back of a 3-1 loss at the hands of West Ham in their previous league encounter, which was Silva’s first since taking over at Goodison Park during the summer. Yet the Portuguese saw his side lose out again at the weekend as quick-fire goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped the Gunners ease to a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium, a result which saw Everton slip to 12th place in the table.
As such, there have been many disappointed Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas, who has seemingly questioned Theo Walcott’s decision to move to Everton, saying: ‘Was it the right move for his career? I didn’t think so’.
And while a return to the South Coast, where the 29-year-old began his senior career many years ago, may well have proven lucrative for the Englishman, it’s not as if things haven’t gone well for Walcott since making the move to Goodison Park back in January this year.
Ultimately, things were going stale for the winger at Arsenal in the first half of last season in managing just six Premier League appearances under Arsene Wenger, thus prompting the 29-year-old to seek a move away come the January transfer window.
And it was Everton who sealed a deal for the England international ahead of former club Southampton, and while Nicholas has questioned whether that was the right move for Walcott, the fact that he has come out and said that he is enjoying his football again suggests that it was.
The Englishman has made a decent start to life on Merseyside in scoring five goals and laying on four assists in just 21 appearances for the club, two goals and an assist of which coming this term under new manager Silva.
Significantly, the 29-year-old appears to be a key part of the starting eleven under Silva as he was under ex-boss Sam Allardyce, which is surely already better than things were at Arsenal given he would often struggle to get regular minutes, certainly in the latter stages of his time at the Emirates Stadium.
In fact, Walcott has often looked like the winger we all know he can be since moving to Everton to suggest that he has reinvigorated his career since his move there earlier this year, which is one reason why it’s surprising that Nicholas has come out and said that a move to Southampton may have been better – it’s not as if he’s flopped at Everton.
And while there may be some substance behind Nicholas’ claim that a move to St Mary’s may have benefited Walcott in his bid to play more centrally, those opportunities may well arise at Everton given the struggles of main man Cenk Tosun in recent times.
And even if they don’t, the fact that Walcott has admitted that he is enjoying his football once again suggests that he has indeed made the right call to move to Goodison Park, which is why Nicholas is somewhat wrong to question the 29-year-old’s decision.
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