Southampton confirmed on Tuesday that Theo Walcott will be joining Southampton on a permanent basis this summer and Rob Lee, who made 280 Premier League appearances during his career, has spoken exclusively to Football FanCast about how it is a sensible move for both parties.
Walcott is a product of Southampton’s famous academy which has seen players such as Gareth Bale and Alan Shearer progress into their first team and following his season-long loan spell at St Mary’s, it has now been announced that he will be staying on at the south coast outfit for a further two years.
The former Arsenal winger spent most of his career at the Emirates where he was signed from Southampton in 2006 and ended up making 398 appearances for the Gunners, but returning back to where his career started has seen Walcott start the most games in a season since the 2018/19 campaign.
The 32-year old still has a lot to offer in the Premier League despite not managing to score many goals this campaign, that is according to Lee, who spoke exclusively to FFC:
“He loves the club and obviously he’s joining on a free and I don’t think his wages will be astronomical now that he’s 32-years-old. He hasn’t been a prolific goalscorer for a long time now but he still has a lot to offer.
“I think the numbers for the deal will work for Southampton and obviously that’s where he is from so he loves the club so I think it will work.”
Southampton have endured an indifferent season as they found themselves top of the Premier League last year and were pushing for a spot in the top six, however, their form fell off a cliff from January as they’ve won just five Premier League games in 2021.