Theo Walcott is now 26.
At this stage of his career, the flying winger should be established as a top star for a Premier League club and playing week in, week out… especially as he burst onto the scene as a teenager!
However, Walcott is far from integral to Arsenal, who have plenty of options and the luxury of rotating the speedster in and out.
Don’t get us wrong, Walcott offers the Gunners plenty in terms of what he’s good at, but maybe it’s time for Walcott to think about himself and chase a big move to get his career on track.
There are options waiting for the versatile ace, and many clubs would be thrilled to have him… Here are FIVE potential moves for Walcott.
The links have been there and Walcott is a Liverpool fan.
So this move could make some sense, then! The speedy winger seems suited to a Brendan Rodgers style of play, with his pace and direct running both traits that the Northern Irishman covets in players.
Liverpool also have the cash to fund a move and can attract players of Walcott’s stature due to their standing in the game, so the player himself may be swayed.
However, Walcott wants to play centrally, which will put him in competition with Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana, while his, arguably, weak passing is another problem.
Now this would be a shocker!
No player has crossed the north London divide since Sol Campbell and Walcott’s ‘2-0’ gesture has put him firmly in Lilywhites fans’ bad books, but he would be a good fit at White Hart Lane.
With Aaron Lennon’s future unclear, Tottenham could do with genuine pace to accompany the creative threat of Christian Eriksen, while his ability to get wide and deliver the ball might give Harry Kane the ammunition he needs.
Unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
He left the Saints when they were in the Championship in search of big time football, but with Southampton having caught him up, could a return be on the cards?
Who knows, but with the ambitious South Coast side challenging for European qualification, they could look to lure a marquee man to St Mary’s.
The mega TV deal and money left over from last summer’s sales means that there could be cash in pace to land Walcott, but whether he’ll want to step away from an ‘elite’ club or not remains in doubt.
Manchester City need homegrown players and a few Arsenal stars have relocated to the Etihad Stadium in the past… Walcott could be just what the Sky Blues need, with a lack of English players set to become even more of an issue as James Milner edges closer to a free transfer to join Micah Richards in exiting this summer.
From a non-cynical perspective, the Gunners ace could offer City another dimension and function well in a front two alongside Sergio Aguero or as an alternative to the Argentine, while he may also be an upgrade on Jesus Navas on the right.
Broad, we know, but possibly a move away from England could help Walcott to get his career back on track. La Liga is, arguably, the best division on the planet and favours pacey, skilful players, while Serie A has attracted Englishman such as Ashley Cole and Micah Richards.
The Bundesliga is not dissimilar to the Premier League in terms of style, or perhaps Walcott could earn himself a massive salary in the likes of Turkey.