Everton are facing another busy transfer window after a disappointing first season under Marco Silva and former Arsenal drivel Theo Walcott could be axed to make way for necessary fresh talent.
Theo Walcott hasn’t enjoyed much football of late with Marco Silva opting to promote youth instead of relying on his old guard, and if recent reports are correct, could be on his way out of Goodison Park after just 18 months at the club (as per the Mirror).
We think it’s fair to say that Walcott’s brief and uneventful stint at Everton won’t be mourned if he’s moved on this summer. Having made just 16 minutes from the bench since the Merseyside derby and last netting in August, there’s literally nothing the former Arsenal man can possible offer, other than perhaps 13 years of wasted potential, to a progressive Everton side.
This follows news that director of football Marcel Brands has announced his intention to adopt a policy of signing players under the age of 25 for his squad – and current players will be sacrificed to make it happen.
Brands said: “We see if a player can fit the Everton environment, in the team we have, in our style and we try to do that in a particular age.
“The players we brought in last year were all under 25, so we don’t want to invest big money in players who are older. Everton is a club that also has to sell players, so it is necessary to get younger players to invest in.
“That’s why we invested in young players last summer. Digne was 24, Mina 23, Richarlison 21, so we look to players in age group 20-25, 26.”
Walcott, who’s already competing for a place against a plethora of young talent, including Bernard, Richarlison and Ademola Lookman, all of whom are younger qualify for Everton’s policy, is a sad and unwanted relic of the Allardyce era, and with a contract said to be worth in excess of £100,000 a week, will surely be at the top of Everton’s hitlist.
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