Crystal Palace and Everton fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern during the international break such have been their sides’ poor starts to the season.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles have lost each of their opening seven Premier League matches to sit firmly rooted to the bottom of the division, while Ronald Koeman’s Merseysiders aren’t that much better off in 16th, having won just two of their seven games.
Both sides will be hoping to get back to winning ways when league action resumes this weekend, although our resident supporters of both clubs will likely be intrigued by a recent report in The Daily Star, which outlines some comments from former Chelsea defender and talkSPORT pundit Jason Cundy regarding Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.
28-year-old Walcott moved to the North London outfit back in 2006 after impressing at Southampton, and has since gone on to play 390 games for the Gunners, in which time he has scored 107 goals and laid on 74 assists.
However, the England international has struggled for regular football under Arsene Wenger recently and has failed to start any of their seven Premier League games this term, and in fact has only come off the bench in three of them.
And his lack of first team action has increased the speculation surrounding his future, with the likes of Everton and West Ham reportedly linked with the forward, and former Chelsea man Cundy reckons that Walcott should look at the Toffees, and indeed Palace, as a potential destination.
He said: ‘Walcott should consider Everton and also Crystal Palace.
‘They are desperate for someone up top. I very much doubt he will go there, though.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Toffees and Eagles supporters up and down the country, as Cundy is right to suggest that both need serious attacking reinforcements, having managed a paltry four goals between them so far in the Premier League (all of which came from Everton).
But whether the £18 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) does indeed make the move away from the Emirates Stadium in January very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Theo Walcott has been at Arsenal for over 11 years now, yet you still sense that he hasn’t quite fulfilled his potential.
107 goals in 390 games is a fine return for the 28-year-old, but his future looks particularly bleak given his distinct lack of first team football in recent times, and with a World Cup summer approaching, big decisions may have to be made in January.
And former Chelsea defender and talkSPORT pundit Jason Cundy reckons that he should consider a move to Crystal Palace or Everton in the New Year, what with both evidently short in the attacking department.
Both would surely guarantee him the first team football he needs to make a statement to England manager Gareth Southgate, but whether Walcott himself would entertain the idea remains to be seen.
Palace and Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!