After securing their first Premier League win of the season last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Leeds United, Southampton couldn’t follow it up with another one this time around after drawing 2-2 with Burnley, who are still without a league win so far this season.
Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet opened the scoring for the visitors before the Saints went ahead thanks to goals from right-back Valentino Livramento and on-loan striker Armando Broja, before Cornet struck again to rescue a point for Sean Dyche’s side.
One player who didn’t have much of an impact in the game was Theo Walcott, who started the match before being taken off in the 74th minute to be replaced by Stuart Armstrong.
During his time on the pitch, Walcott had fewer touches of the ball (22) than Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (39), completed just 10 of his 16 passes, made no key passes, crosses or accurate long balls, lost 100% of his duels and failed to register a shot on target. That all earned him a rather dismal overall match rating of 6.3/10, making him the lowest-rated Southampton player to start the match according to SofaScore, even lower than Armstrong (6.8/10), who came on in his place.
Furthermore, Hampshire Live reporter Tom Leach gave the winger a rather negative assessment for his performance, saying that he had a “frustrating” first half in the game.
So far this season, the 32-year-old – who is currently earning a weekly wage of £75k-per-week according to Spotrac, making him the best-paid player at the club – has made six appearances for the Saints across all competitions, failing to score a goal or provide an assist, highlighting what a poor campaign he is having thus far.
If Walcott keeps getting picked in Southampton’s first XI, he seriously needs to start putting in some better performances soon or else he could find himself out of the team or even looking for a new club if the Saints start to think he isn’t worth his hefty wages anymore, even though his current contract at St Mary’s isn’t set to expire until the summer of 2023.