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Southampton: Alex Crook drops Theo Walcott exit claim

Southampton winger Theo Walcott could find himself leaving the south coast club during the current summer transfer window.

What’s the talk?

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, talkSPORT journalist and transfer insider Alex Crook, had this to say on the matter.

“Walcott will be allowed to leave if he wants to, I think there’s even a possibility that he goes to America. Moussa Djenepo, similarly, if there was any interest and maybe Nathan Redmond as well.”

Southampton re-signed the Englishman back in the 2021 summer transfer window on a free transfer from Everton after spending the previous year on loan at St. Mary’s.

Walcott must go

Since his return to the south coast after spending the early days of his career in their youth ranks, the 33-year-old has made 35 appearances for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side across all competitions but has only managed to score three goals and provide three assists.

In fact, with 12 appearances under his belt across the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup last season, the winger failed to provide even one goal contribution for the Saints.

To further highlight his ineffectiveness on the pitch last season, in nine league appearances, the former Arsenal star picked up a measly overall performance rating of 6.09/10 from WhoScored, making him the lowest-rated player to play even a second of league action for the Saints.

In those league appearances, he could only muster six shots at goal, with none of them being on target, which shows the lack of any goal threat he has.

Having previously been slammed for not being “good enough” by reporter Dan Sheldon, it seems as though his days are rather numbered on the south coast.

With all of this in mind, it should definitely be in Southampton’s plans to get Walcott out of the club and his £72k-per-week wages off their books, as he clearly can’t be trusted to be a consistent attacking threat for the team.

If the Saints were to wave goodbye to the attacker this summer, or any of the other players Crook mentioned, securing suitable replacements should also be on the club’s to-do list so Hasenhuttl’s squad is sufficiently equipped to get through their latest Premier League campaign.