A number of Southampton fans criticised Theo Walcott’s performance in their rollercoaster 3-2 win at West Ham this afternoon.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men twice led before being begged back by the hosts at the London Stadium, with Jan Bednarek’s 70th-minute goal eventually proving the winner in an eventful clash.
Although the Saints ended a six-match winless run in the Premier League, some supporters were left far from impressed with Walcott’s offering in east London.
As per SofaScore, the 32-year-old was the visitors’ lowest-rated player, completing only 14 passes against the Irons and losing 50% of his duels. The attacker’s only shot ended up being blocked, while he was dribbled past twice and failed to land a successful cross. He was also guilty of losing possession nine times throughout the match.
Southampton fans slam Walcott
Although Hasenhuttl ultimately substituted Walcott in the closing minutes of today’s match, many Saints fans on Twitter felt that the ex-Arsenal man should have been withdrawn a lot earlier given his “criminal” display.
“Theo Walcott playing any minutes is criminal”
“Has Walcott even touched the ball? Forgot he was even on”
“Genuinely rather play with 9 than have Bednarek and Walcott on the pitch a second longer”
“I am so frustrated with Ralph’s substitutions. 88 mins before he takes Walcott off. Just cannot understand it. Should have been off at HT he was so bad.”
“@SouthamptonFC anyone seen Walcott”
“How is Walcott still on the pitch?”
“Ralph’s in-game management non-existent. How is Walcott still on?”
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