Questions will always remain as to whether Theo Walcott left Arsenal for Everton too early.
At only 28-years-old, some people thought that the forward still had something to give The Gunners, after making almost 400 appearances for them.
However, the club were making more and more high profile signings, and there was an indication that the club were outgrowing the England international, so it was time to move on from a club that he had been with for 12 years.
Unfortunately for Walcott, it appears that he may face a similar plight at Goodison Park. Under new manager Marco Silva, The Toffees strengthened their team considerably over the summer, bringing in the high profile wingers Richarlison and Bernard. By virtue of this, it appears that Walcott may have been pushed down the pecking order.
The forward hasn’t made a bad start to the season, with two goals and two assists in 10 appearances, but the feeling is that he will slowly slip into obscurity, not only as Bernard becomes more established, but with some of the younger players taking centre stage. Everton are blessed with some young and promising wingers such as Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Both aged 21, they are only going to improve and make Walcott’s chances of playing less and less likely.
Therefore, while Walcott will still try and fight for a place at Everton, it is unclear as to how long he will remain at the club. After starting his career at such a young age, and being hampered by injury so much, it is therefore hard to determine how much longer Walcott will play for.
It may seem cynical, but for a player that has relied heavily on his pace for years, there is a good chance that the 29-year-old’s best days are behind him. He may still find a place to play, but it may be a step below Everton soon, as the club clearly have high aspirations which he may not be able to help them achieve.