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Opinion: Walcott must raise his game after another stinker against Watford

Opinion: Walcott must raise his game after another stinker against Watford

After missing a penalty in what was an overall poor performance by his standards in Everton’s 2-2 draw with Watford, Gylfi Sigurdsson has since been on the receiving end of pretty fair criticism from supporters.

The attacking midfielder, though, is not the only player to have come under fire following Monday night’s clash at Goodison Park with Theo Walcott having also left fans frustrated with his display.

However, while Sigurdsson’s abysmal performance was probably just a bit of blip, Walcott’s was just one of many he has put in this term — and that has to change.

From an Everton supporter’s perspective, in an ideal world, the 29-year-old would be dropped and replaced by the talented Ademola Lookman who has impressed whenever he has featured for the Toffees during the current campaign.

But with Marco Silva unwilling to enforce such a change in this moment of time, clearly backing his forward to regain his form, Walcott really has to raise his game and stop making the silly errors the Goodison Park faithful are currently witnessing.

In recent weeks, the England international’s first touch has been poor, while he has also been getting flagged for silly offsides when he knows he has the sort of pace that can allow him to stay level and even give defenders a head start before chasing down a through ball.

The former Arsenal man has plenty to offer to this Everton side, and it is time for him to remind everyone that.

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