Southampton loan signing Theo Walcott has picked out which player has impressed him the most during training with his new side so far. The former England international has highlighted Kyle Walker-Peters as the player to catch his eye during their sessions at Staplewood.
Walcott returns to the south coast to play out a one-year loan stint after joining from Everton in the final days of the summer transfer window. The staff at Southampton have already confirmed they will be looking to the 31-year-old to help guide the younger players and this could be the start of Walcott’s mentoring.
“From what I have seen of him on the training pitch he [Walker-Peters] is a grafter who wants to do well,” the winger told Hampshire Live. “He turned his loan spell into a permanent move and that has worked out really well for him.
“He has big ambitions. He wants to play for England and this will be a big season for him and he has impressed me.”
The Saints look hungry this season and have brought in the personnel they clearly feel will help them climb the table. A positive mix of seniority and younger, up and coming players could see Ralph Hasenhuttl really improve on their 11th place finish from last season.
With Walcott already eyeing up a player he thinks will perform well, it could mean an exciting partnership is about to form at St Mary’s. Walker-Peters has played every minute of football under Hasenhuttl at right-back this campaign and looks to be an untouchable asset to the first team. Not only has he kept two clean sheets in four Premier League matches, but he has contributed an assist, and a delightful partnership with Walcott could be about to unfurl.
With the two speedsters operating on the right-hand side, Southampton could unleash a very dangerous attack on their rivals this season. With the two already training well together and the addition of being roommates, the chemistry will be off the charts when the two are deployed together.
It was a stroke of genius for Hasenhuttl to predict the duo could work well together and it could make for some game-changing performances moving forwards.