The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are really enjoying life under Sam Allardyce in recent weeks.
The resident Toffees propping up the bar were made to endure a turbulent opening to the campaign under Ronald Koeman and then David Unsworth for a period of weeks after Koeman’s dismissal, but the appointment of Allardyce seems to have finally restored some stability to the club. Everton were teetering on the edge of the relegation zone prior to the appointment of Big Sam, but he has since steered the club away from the drop zone and into the security of mid-table.
Now that Allardyce has had time to assess the options available to him within the current Everton squad, he will be looking forward to the January transfer window in the hope of strengthening his squad in key positions.
And according to The Daily Mirror, Allardyce has identified Arsenal outcast Theo Walcott as a potential target to pursue in the mid-season window.
Walcott has fallen down the pecking order at The Emirates Stadium this season and become something of a forgotten man, but a move to Everton could enable him to salvage his season and make a late push for selection in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
So far this season, Walcott has played just 46 minutes of Premier League football as his appearances have been limited to Europa League and EFL Cup matches.
Everton only have two recognised centre-forwards available to chose from at the moment in the shape of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse, so Walcott would have a fantastic opportunity to make that position is own if he completes a move to Goodison Park.
Considering Walcott’s most recent appearance in an England shirt was back in November 2016, it is fair to say time is running out for him to impress Southgate before Russia. Interestingly enough, despite being taken to the 2006 World Cup, Walcott has never played in the tournament, representing somewhat of a hoodoo for the striker.
If Walcott wishes to resurrect both his stagnating club and international career then he should be doing everything in his power to secure a move to Everton in January.