Everton supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side maintain their unbeaten start under new manager Sam Allardyce with a comfortable 3-1 win over struggling Swansea City on Monday night.
The former England boss replaced Ronald Koeman on November 30 and has since overseen an excellent run of form, a run which has taken them into the top half of the Premier League table. And the Toffees made it four wins out of five under the 63-year-old by coming from behind to defeat the Swans on Monday, with goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Wayne Rooney cancelling out Leroy Fer’s first half opener for the visitors, thus condemning them to a place in the bottom three at Christmas, while Everton moved up to ninth after a seventh win of the season.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which suggests that manager Allardyce is eyeing up a move for Arsenal outcast Theo Walcott in January.
The 28-year-old has only managed three Premier League appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side this term and none of those have been starts, with the England international firmly rooted to gametime in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
And with it looking unlikely that he’ll break into the Gunners’ league team any time soon, speculation has been building about his future at the Emirates Stadium, with recent reports suggesting that Everton are seeking to bring him to Goodison Park in a bid to bolster their frontline.
The Toffees have struggled for goals at times this season, and with a World Cup around the corner as well, it’s a move which could well interest Walcott in his bid to finally play for England at a World Cup.
Landlord’s verdict: Theo Walcott has never appeared for his country at a World Cup finals, and things don’t look particularly promising for the 28-year-old ahead of this summer’s tournament in Russia.
The forward has made just three Premier League appearances for Arsenal and seems to be a fair way away from the starting eleven, thus throwing his future at the Emirates Stadium into doubt.
Yet Everton are reportedly interested in ending his 11-year spell at the Gunners in January, with new boss Sam Allardyce eyeing up signings that can strengthen his frontline, and potentially challenge for the European places come the end of the season.
And given how much Walcott could benefit Everton, and how much a move to Merseyside could benefit him, it’s a move which could well take place in the New Year.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!