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Opinion: Unshackled Walcott can thrive at Everton under Silva

Opinion: Unshackled Walcott can thrive at Everton under Silva

Much talk surrounding Everton in this early part of the season has been about Richarlison and the rest of the club’s summer signings.

The Brazilian has started off the campaign in spectacular fashion, netting three times in two appearances against Wolves and Southampton, while his overall presence has completely rejuvenated Everton in attack.

Should the Toffees manage to achieve whatever goal manager Marco Silva has set them — if any — Richarlison is likely to be at the heart of that success if his first two performances for the club are anything to go by.

But, as well as the former Watford man, Theo Walcott is also another player who could have a big role to play at Goodison Park this season.

Walcott arrived in Merseyside back in January from Arsenal after a 12-year spell in north London, and the 29-year-old has been one of Everton’s better signings in recent transfer windows.

Even in former boss Sam Allardyce’s conservative and direct set up, £18m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Walcott was still a menacing threat with his pace and runs in behind defenders, and under a more adventurous manager he easily would have scored more than the three goals he managed in 14 appearances.

The England international has already managed to find the back of the net and provide an assist in the two games he has played with Silva in the Goodison Park dugout while linking up extremely well with Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the process.

The fact that Walcott can also play as a No.9 makes him a huge asset for Everton in this campaign with Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin the current and not most convincing cover options for first-choice striker Cenk Tosun.

Both Richarlison and Walcott can be pleased with their displays in Everton’s two opening Premier League fixtures and are capable of firing the club into the Europa League.

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