We’re coming to the end of the January transfer window, and pundits and fans alike will be having their say on who the best Premier League capture has been. Whilst we can’t say who that will be until we’ve seen them in action, we can have a look back to two captures from January 2018 and compare Theo Walcott with Gerard Deulofeu.
When the window opened on New Year’s Day 2018, it was clear that both Watford and Everton were desperate to bring in a wideman. Everton made the move to bring in a Premier League veteran in Walcott, who featured 399 times for Arsenal, whilst Watford moved for an ex-Toffee and Barcelona star in Deulofeu, a man who had previously struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.
The Spaniard is one who has had a mixed start to life in England. The winger’s trickery and agility on the ball make him a nightmare for full-backs, but his inconsistency in front of goal is something that has held him back from becoming a star player at the very top level. At Vicarage Road, though, he’s certainly improved. The current Hornets side is one of the best in years, and Deulofeu is contributing to that plentifully.
In 16 Premier League appearances this season, the 24-year-old has both scored and assisted three times, and he looks like someone who will only improve. His first half a season was only on-loan, but he convinced the Hornets that he was what they need, with his finest display coming against Chelsea where he scored and assisted in a 4-1 win, and since then he’s only gone from strength to strength in Hertfordshire.
TT GRADE: B
Walcott is someone who a lot of Everton fans would have had high hopes for when he made the move from The Emirates to Goodison Park. However, instead of shining under a reformed Everton side with Marco Silva, he’s a stark reminder of the dark days the fans suffered under Sam Allardyce. When the Toffees signed him he was one game short of 400 for Arsenal and the Everton fans hope he’ll never get near that figure for them.
Whilst on his day, Walcott can deliver both goals and assists for fun, his inconsistencies are too much to handle for a side that wants to be where Everton are aiming for. The Goodison Park faithful have high expectations of their players, and much like Deulofeu failed to deliver initially, Walcott is struggling to hit the levels that the fans want of him and if he doesn’t buck his ideas up soon then he could be the next man to be culled by Marco Silva at Everton.
TT GRADE: D
Whilst both Walcott and Deulofeu have match-winning qualities on their day, the fact that the Spanish Watford man did well enough to warrant a permanent deal in the summer after his loan says a lot about the impact he had at the club. Meanwhile, the fans are calling for Walcott to be dropped almost every time he starts, so it’s pretty clear that Deulofeu wins this battle.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!