England once again reveled in one of its great frustrations again on Sunday.
Pretty much any member of the entire England team, besides possibly Joe Cole, could’ve been the source of such anxieties, but Theo Walcott in particular is quickly becoming a perennial disappointment.
His hat-trick in Zagreb could’ve been a real watershed moment for the 21-year-old. His dazzling runs and instinctive touches completely overwhelmed the Croatian defence that night. It was an eptomic performance that the Arsenal winger has never looked like equaling again.
He’s still young though, still learning. Still getting regular injuries. It’s hard to complain much really because he looks like a 7-year-old who’s just trying to do his best. It’s like kicking a puppy.
His performances have been so muted of late though that there have been whispers that he’s swapped places with Lewis Hamilton. It wouldn’t be surprising; the two were obviously separated at birth. It could also explain Hamilton’s recent return to form on the track. Not that Theo is much of a driver; but cut the bottom out of the car in a Flintstone-esque fit of inspiration and the change in form is easily explained.
Despite his apparent regression, Theo should rightfully still appear at the World Cup. He’s got the pace, if not necessarily the brains, to trouble the world’s best defenses.
David Beckham is apparently working with Theo on his crossing which should hopefully finally provide a convincing and effective end to the wingers’ mesmerizing pace and meandering runs.
“He has always told me to deliver the ball into the space and if there is no-one there, it is not your problem. You need to just put the ball in the space and someone should get on the end of it,” Walcott told The Mirror this weekend.
That should be music to the ears of England fans who, like Alan Sugar, are getting increasingly vexed by the lack of a decent final product. Had the Arsenal man been on The (Junior) Apprentice this summer he would’ve undoubtedly received the finger shortly after the exit of Aaron Lennon.
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