Everton’s Marco Silva hails “fantastic professional” Theo Walcott

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Marco Silva has praised Theo Walcott and believes he is a great example for other players in his squad to follow.

What’s he said?

Walcott has largely been out of Silva’s plans over the last few months, and this term has found himself completely out of the matchday squad on occasion, playing only 56 minutes so far. That is mostly due to the form of Richarlison, who has three goals and one assist.

Despite sitting out, Walcott has remained professional and is ready whenever Silva calls on him, and the Portuguese is impressed by the character he has shown.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Silva said: “[He is a] fantastic professional. He is an example for some of the others to look at.

“Of course, he was not happy but what I can tell you is that when the chance comes to him again he will be ready because of the way he works.”

The former Hull manager accepts that certain players, name-checking Tom Davies, will be unhappy due to their lack of game time, but made it clear that there is a right way to respond, and implied that if his players show the right attitude they will get their reward.

Role model

Since joining the Toffees in January 2018 Walcott has failed to impress fans, and therefore it is fair that he hasn’t featured too often.

Despite that, some senior pros would kick up a fuss over a lack of game time, but the former Arsenal star has done no such thing.

The likes of Davies and Mason Holgate should look up to Walcott and the positive attitude he has displayed, as there is always a chance an opportunity could come their way, as Silva alludes to.

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By comparison, Ademola Lookman struggled to deal with his frustrations whilst at Everton and decided a move away would be best, but so far he has played only once for his new team, and he faces the challenge of impressing a new manager and starting from scratch once more.

The fringe players at Goodison Park may, therefore, be better suited to biding their time, as it may not be long until they’re called upon.

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