This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
A player that was once a speedy, creative playmaker in one of England’s leading clubs became a figure in the shadows following his move to Goodison Park.
After coming through the Southampton academy, Theo Walcott made a dream move to Arsenal, where he devoted 12 years of his career. The former England international won five trophies with the London outfit, including three FA Cup titles. At the end of his time with Arsenal, he was just shy of making 400 appearances for the Gunners, falling short with 398 games under his belt and 108 goals scored in that time (via Transfermarkt).
Does Theo Walcott have a future at Goodison Park?
Walcott’s final season with Arsenal wasn’t a bad one by any means – the winger accumulated seven goals and eight assists across all competitions, but his time at the Emirates had come to an end. Everton snapped up the Englishman in 2018 for a fee of £20m (via BBC Sport).
Although the Toffees seemingly got a good price for such a creative player, Walcott hasn’t exactly set the league alight at Goodison Park. In 79 appearances, Walcott has scored just 10 goals and has contributed a mere one goal and two assists this season (via Transfermarkt). The potent attacking combination of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison has pushed the 31-year-old out to the fringes a little, as he has struggled for consistent time in the starting XI this term.
Walcott’s contract is due to expire next year so, once this summer’s transfer window opens, he will enter the final 12 months of his current deal with Everton. Since his move from Arsenal, his market value has dropped by more than 44% – he is now currently worth £10.8m compared to £18m when he arrived at Goodison (via Transfermarkt).
If Carlo Ancelotti brings in a plethora of new talent in the next transfer window, it can be expected that Walcott will receive even less game-time and as such, his market value will drop even further. By the time the winger enters the final months of his contract, he will be 32 and, as it seems Ancelotti is opting for a younger squad at his disposal, the need for Walcott on Everton’s books will be minimal.
The Blues must look to strike a deal for Walcott soon or else risk losing the £20m they paid for him as he walks away as a free agent.
What’s your opinion, Blues? Does Theo Walcott have a future at Goodison or should the club cash in while they can? Join the discussion in the comments below!
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