Everton supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team all but banish any lingering Premier League relegation fears with a routine 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their encounter with the in-form Seagulls off the back of successive losses at the hands of Watford and Burnley, results which saw them slip to 11th place in the division, and just seven points clear of danger. Yet their Toffees all but quashed any relegation worries on Saturday as a Gaetan Bong own goal alongside Cenk Tosun’s first goal at Goodison Park secured a comfortable victory for the Merseysiders, thus propelling them into the top half of the Premier League and ten points clear of the bottom three.
As such, there have been many thrilled Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that Saturday’s win can pave the way for just a second away league victory of the campaign when they travel to Stoke City this weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees fans to discuss, not least recent reports linking them with a move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere this summer, who could be available on a free were he not to pen a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Clearly, the 26-year-old would represent an excellent signing for an Everton side in need of midfield reinforcements, and the move must be of interest to the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) given the resurgence in form of Theo Walcott since his move to Merseyside.
The 28-year-old left North London in January after over 11 years at Arsenal, in which time he scored 108 goals and laid on 78 assists in 399 matches for Arsene Wenger’s side, yet it was widely held that the England international failed to really reach his full potential during his time at the club.
Ultimately, things were going stale for Walcott at the Emirates with just a handful of appearances in the first half of this season, but he has since moved to Everton and began to look like the player we saw infrequently at Arsenal.
The winger has scored twice and laid on one assist in just seven appearances for Allardyce’s men since his £20 million-plus move in January, laying on an assist on his debut against West Brom, before turning out to be the match-winner a few days later with a brace against Leicester City.
And while he has since been unable to add any direct contributions to his tally, it’s clear from his all round play that the confidence has returned to the 28-year-old since his move to Everton, taking defenders on more readily and seeking to regularly get into advanced attacking positions.
And Walcott’s resurgence must be of interest to Wilshere, as a change at this stage of his career could be huge in helping him return to the lofty standards he set a few years back, and thus become a more influential player for both club and country.
And he’d likely get the minutes as well, given that Morgan Schneiderlin has struggled for form this season, James McCarthy is injured, and Muhamed Besic is out on loan – making the move could reignite his career.
And with Everton reportedly willing to offer higher wages than Arsenal’s current renewal offer, alongside Walcott’s resurgence since his move in January, the 26-year-old simply must be convinced by a move to Merseyside this summer.
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