The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern simply cannot wait for the season to reach its conclusion, but they still have four fixtures left to navigate before they finally knock a disappointing campaign on the head.
After the Toffees spent big-money in the summer transfer window of 2017 on the back of a 7th place Finish in the Premier League, plenty of supporters had tipped them for a Europa League run and another successful league campaign, but in reality their season has been painfully mediocre. The club have been through three different managers since the start of the season and yet they remain unsatisfied with Sam Allardyce at the helm due to his negative style of football.
The Everton manager is running out of time to win over both the supporters and the board before the end of the season, and one of Everton’s players is running out of time to impress Gareth Southgate before he names his World Cup squad, namely Theo Walcott (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt).
Walcott arrived at Goodison Park from Arsenal in January in a deal worth more than £20 million, and after a promising opening to his career on Merseyside the quality of his performances have dipped somewhat. The 29-year-old attacker scored 2 goals and provided an assist within his first two appearances, but since then he has only managed to add 1 more assist from 9 appearances in the Premier League.
His current form certainly does not justify selection for the World Cup, and if he fails to improve dramatically in the final weeks of the season he will stand very little, if any chance of making Southgate’s 30-man squad who are longshots in the 888sport World Cup betting.
Newcastle United have been in fine form in recent weeks and they now sit just 1 point behind Everton with a game in hand, but despite this, Walcott can have no excuses for not making an impact later this evening.
It seems unlikely that the former Arsenal man can work his way into Southgate’s plans at this stage in the season, but if he can find a way to exploit Newcastle today and score a goal or two then he might just catch the England manager’s eye and put himself in contention.
For a player who promised so much as a youngster at Southampton, Walcott has underachieved in his international career due to a combination of injury problems and poor form, so the World Cup in Russia is likely to represent his last chance to make an impact on the international stage.
Walcott has just 4 fixtures left to prove his credentials, starting today against Newcastle – a game in which he simply has to make a huge impact to put himself in contention for England selection.
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