Despite only joining Everton in last year’s January transfer window, Theo Walcott’s career at Goodison Park looks all but over.
The 30-year-old has been hugely disappointing this season, and the Daily Mirror reports the Merseyside club are now looking to sell him with Southampton said to be interested.
Given some of his performances this term, some may feel the Saints should stay far away from their former player, especially at his age.
Too often Walcott has underwhelmed in front of goal during the current campaign with poor first touches pushing him into difficult angles, while he has been caught offside too many times.
Indeed, he’s holding the Merseyside club back at this moment in time and should be put on the list of players to be sold this summer, with his best days quite clearly behind him.
It’s safe to say that not many Everton fans would be sad to see him go with Richarlison and Bernard in their ranks.
Still, assessing Southampton’s squad, the England international could yet be a decent capture if Ralph Hasenhuttl can help him with the above areas of his game.
The Saints need a new wide man and probably a new centre-forward, too, positions Walcott can play in.
And from the former Arsenal man’s perspective, Southampton look like a much better fit for him than his current club Everton given the way Hasenhuttl has them playing.
In contrast to the Toffees who look to play short and retain possession under Marco Silva, Southampton are a bit more direct, moving the ball quicker and in behind into space.
That and the overall counter-attacking style Hasenhuttl has implemented since replacing Mark Hughes in the St. Mary’s dugout might suit Walcott better.
The Everton forward’s biggest strength is, of course, pace, giving him the potential to become quite the asset for a coach such as Hasenhuttl.
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