Theo Walcott started the 2018/19 season looking like he could have finally banished the demons that have seemed to haunt his end product and goal tally throughout his career.
The former Arsenal man netted twice and provided one assist in his first three games of the season for Everton but, not for the first time in his career, he has failed to kick on.
Against Manchester United on Sunday the 29-year-old made two mistakes either side of half-time that his teammates were visibly fuming with and that proved to be extremely costly for the Toffees, unfortunately proving that he has slipped into his old ways.
In stoppage time at the end of the first-half, with the score at 1-0, Walcott received the ball on the right-hand side of the box and rather than squaring it across the box he shot straight at United’s Spanish stopper David de Gea, leaving a completely unmarked Richarlison incensed at the decision.
Just after the break it was Seamus Coleman’s turn to vent at the former England international. The Irish right-back was tucked inside marking Marcus Rashford when Paul Pogba swept the ball out to Anthony Martial on the United left and the Frenchman bent the ball home beautifully as Walcott stood and watched – without making any attempt to get goal-side.
Throughout the 90 minutes, Walcott failed to produce a single key pass and only managed one dribble, despite Everton playing on the counter-attack for much of the game.
He also completed just 85 per cent of his 13 passes and touched the ball just 26 times before being rightly substituted in the 77th minute by Marco Silva.
After such a promising start to the season, Walcott must not make this slip back to his old habits a permanent occurrence, but the demons of his past were certainly evident in his performance at Old Trafford. With someone as talented as Ademola Lookman waiting in the wings too Walcott must watch his back if he wants to keep his place in the Everton side.
So, Everton fans, would you like to see Walcott dropped for the home game against Brighton on Saturday? Have your say by voting in the poll below.