WTTGT Writer: Reiss Silva
“This year I’m just going to get out there and show people what I can do.”
This was what Theo Walcott had to say after being left out of England’s World Cup squad last summer.
To a certain degree the 21-year-old did do that. A much improved season where he was a regular in the side, contributing 13 goals in total.
However, despite this there was too much of a familiar feeling about him. Electric speed and signs he was about to show us all what he has threatened to for so long, but failing to do so.
He lacks consistency and, when watching him, it seems confidence too. A one trick pony is a term he has been labelled with and I’m afraid to say he has done little to shake this.
Recently Walcott has been saying how the talking needs to stop and the team need to deliver. I can’t help but feel he should take some of his own advice.
There are a number of players like Denilson and Bendtner who look to be on their way out due to, quite frankly, not being good enough. Walcott, for me, is another that is closely hovering above this very same tagline.
Reports suggest Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be on his way in from Walcott’s former club, Southampton. Comparisons will of course be made.
I do feel Oxlade-Chamberlain will be better than Theo though. He is physically stronger, technically better and in my view, very importantly, he shows desire and the fight to battle.
If we do bring him to The Emirates, he could well develop into a top player and overtake Walcott.
Let’s not forget though, at 22, Theo Walcott has time on his side. I would like to see him play more centrally in a striker’s role; a role that Theo himself wants to fill.
There is no doubting his finishing ability and this could be utilised more effectively as a striker.
However, with the current formation and a certain Robin Van Perise in his way, his chances to play there could well be limited. Subsequently, we could be sitting here this time next year asking the same question; when will Theo Walcott realise his potential?