In Focus: Everton move for Theo Walcott makes sense for both parties

According to reports in The Mirror, Everton manager Sam Allardyce is looking to offer Theo Walcott an Arsenal escape route as he continues to struggle for Premier League game time.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that Walcott has fallen down the pecking order with the Gunners this season despite scoring 19 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions last term, and with 18 months left on his £140,000-a-week contract  and no talks over a new deal his future is certainly in doubt.

The Mirror says that Allardyce will be given significant funds to spend during the January transfer window and he wants to hand the Arsenal forward a fresh start at Goodison Park.

The report adds that the former England boss has already enquired about the 28-year-old, who he believes can offer the Merseyside outfit the goal threat they have often lacked after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer.

How has Walcott done this season?

As we mentioned previously, the wide-man has barely featured in the Premier League this term – he has played for just 46 minutes across three substitute appearances and has not made the squad at all in their last seven top flight fixtures – but he has been more of a regular in the Europa League and the EFL Cup.

According to Transfermarkt, the 28-year-old has scored three goals and provided a further five assists in five European outings, while he captained the Gunners in the EFL Cup against West Ham on Tuesday night and missed a glorious chance to score from a header.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

He certainly would be.

While he hasn’t been given as many opportunities as he would have liked this season with the World Cup just six months away, Walcott has proven with 65 goals and 49 assists in 267 Premier League games for Arsenal the impact he can make at this level.

The 28-year-old would add some much-needed pace and experience to the Merseyside outfit’s frontline, and he would have a big point to prove to both current manager Arsene Wenger and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate as he looks to win back his spot in the England squad before Russia next summer.