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Southampton: Theo Walcott was awful in West Brom defeat

Southampton produced an awful display on Monday evening as they were thrashed 3-0 by relegation-threatened West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Goals from Matheus Pereira, Matt Phillips and Callum Robinson secured a comfortable victory for Sam Allardyce’s side, whilst James Ward-Prowse missed a late penalty for the Saints.

Whilst there were very few good performances from a Southampton perspective, one man who particularly let Ralph Hasenhuttl down with a poor performance was Theo Walcott.

Was Walcott poor vs West Brom?





As per SofaScore, the on-loan Everton man earned a 6.5 match rating for his display, with only Ryan Bertrand (6.4) Danny Ings (6.3), Ibrahima Diallo (6.3) and Fraser Forster (5.9) rated lower of those who started the game.

The 32-year-old, who is currently valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt, struggled to get involved in the game at all, as he registered just 27 touches and 12 accurate passes during his time on the pitch, which was fewer than the 31 touches and 15 passes contributed by goalkeeper Forster, per SofaScore.

This is significantly fewer than the 20.2 passes he has averaged per game in the Premier League so far this season, emphasising that he was nowhere near his best at The Hawthorns on Monday.

On the opposite flank, Stuart Armstrong had 61 touches and completed 27 passes, which is more than double the amount Walcott managed, suggesting that the right winger simply wasn’t sufficiently involved in the game.

West Brom’s left-back Conor Townsend seemingly had the better of Walcott during the game, as he earned a 7.1 SofaScore rating and won six of his 10 duels, whereas the experienced Southampton man won only three of his eight.

Walcott’s replacement Che Adams also came far closer to a goal than the majority of his teammates, as his strike went narrowly wide of Sam Johnstone’s post.

You could definitely argue that Walcott’s lack of involvement in the game cost Hasenhuttl on Monday, and now the Austrian has a big decision to make ahead of the FA Cup semi-final next weekend.

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