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Walcott’s wise words are a reality check for Everton and supporters

Walcott’s wise words are a reality check for Everton and supporters

Since their Premier League defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates last month, Everton have since gone on to win their following three fixtures with their 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace coming as the latest.

The Toffees now sit eighth in the table, as a result, and Theo Walcott believes his side can eventually climb even higher than that.

The Breakdown

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo about why he chose to join Everton after deciding to leave Arsenal, Walcott said: “I wasn’t really playing as much as I wanted to towards the end of my Arsenal career and I felt that I wanted a new challenge. I think it’s important to always challenge and push yourself.

“I could have gone for the easy option like moving to Southampton or something like that but there was something about Everton I felt was right with the young talent.

“A lot of the players are in the England Under-21s squad and you can see the development side and how it points to the future. There was something in the squad I wanted to be part of and the club was pushing on as well.

“I’ve said in the past I feel we can push in that top four. I’m not saying it’s going to be this season but we’ve got a good chance in the next few years. We’re playing exciting stuff and it’s really good to be involved.”

Given some of the signings Everton have made of late and the overall ambition majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has shown since arriving at the club back in 2016, there is reason for supporters to be optimistic.

However, as alluded to by Walcott, Champions League qualification this season is likely to be out of reach. It is too much of an ask for Everton to overtake three high-calibre outfits and jump into the top four in just one campaign under Marco Silva.

Ultimately, patience is needed from the Everton faithful with the club’s goal of bringing Champions League football to Goodison Park not being something that can happen over the night.

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