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Southampton: Theo Walcott has been Ralph’s weak link this season

After failing to win any of their opening seven Premier League games of the season, Southampton have managed to turn their fortunes around in recent weeks with three wins in their four previous league games, leaving them in 13th place in the league table with 14 points on the board.

Despite this good run of form, there have been some players in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad that have not been as influential as others have been, one of which being Theo Walcott.

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With seven appearances under his belt for the Saints so far across the Premier League and Carabao Cup, Walcott has failed to register even one goal or assist, which could be why he has been named as an unused substitute for their two previous league games against Watford and Aston Villa.

In addition to that, the 32-year-old, who is currently valued at £4.5m according to Transfermarkt, has only managed to rack up a dismal average of 0.8 shots per game in the league and 0.2 key passes per game, exposing just how ineffective the experienced Englishman has been for the Saints in an attacking sense so far this season.

Things haven’t been particularly fruitful in a defensive sense either with Walcott only managing to rack up an average of 0.6 tackles per game in the league.

Also, with Walcott being currently listed as Southampton’s lowest-rated player in terms of his overall performances in the Premier League that has made more than one start according to WhoScored, this shows that his performances as a whole have been disappointing rather than just his lack of attacking impact.

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This shows just how much of a weak link Walcott has been for Hasenhuttl in this campaign and why the Austrian has been right to keep him on the bench in recent weeks.

Moving forward, based on what he has shown so far this season, Hasenhuttl shouldn’t be having any thoughts to bring Walcott back in the team anytime soon.

Looking beyond that, unless the flying winger can somehow turn his poor form around, then the club should be thinking about moving him on when his current contract expires in the summer of 2023.

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