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Everton well positioned to land Walcott

| Wednesday, 10 January 2018  184 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton are "favourites" over Southampton to sign Theo Walcott this month in a £20m deal, according to Mailsport.

They claim that the Blues can get closer to the 28-year-old's current salary package at Arsenal with an offer of £110,000 a week.

Walcott's opportunities have been limited with the Gunners this season and he is expected to move on from the Emirates this coming summer if he doesn't leave in this month's transfer window.

In a World Cup year, the player might prefer to secure a move elsewhere to put himself into Gareth Southgate's thinking for when he selects the England squad for Russia.

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Jackie Barry
1 Posted 10/01/2018 at 06:46:24
Good player, would be a welcomed edition to what we have right now. What was it 19 goals last season?
Brian Porter
2 Posted 10/01/2018 at 07:00:49
A definite yes, if we don't manage to mess another transfer up by time-wasting, prevarication and nit-picking about the price. If we want him, then get him.
Derek Knox
3 Posted 10/01/2018 at 07:27:08
I would agree he could be a good addition to the squad; would have preferred us to go for Dembele (younger); the only thing that worries me; why has he not been given much game time with Arsenal? We don't need another 'sick note' that's for sure.

The same with Giroud; when we were being linked with him; Wenger, who I believe to be a good Manager; only uses him as an impact substitute; there must be a reason why, as with Walcott?

Ralph Basnett
4 Posted 10/01/2018 at 07:30:59
The reason Derek (3) that he only gets used sparingly like Giroud is the fact they have a certain Lacazette and Sanchez ahead of them.

If this interest is real we have excellent medical facilities that would show any underlying medical issues – hopefully!

Susong Hermawan
5 Posted 10/01/2018 at 07:58:26
Big NO; Dembele please...
Zahir Jaffer
6 Posted 10/01/2018 at 08:01:14
Not to be picky but I'd take a 1½-year loan or Dembele.
Liam Reilly
7 Posted 10/01/2018 at 08:15:07
Surprised how many on here want Dembele over proven Premier League players. He's scored in the Championship and the Scottish PL (where he's hardly being pulling up trees).

We've enough potential talent, what we need is pace and goals and Walcott just may have a point to prove.

Kenny Smith
8 Posted 10/01/2018 at 08:20:36
I thought this might happen once he started for Arsenal at Forest because he'd be cup tied to anyone still in the competition.

He'd offer pace but I'm not what else. I'd probably pass on him mainly because of his wages which will be astronomical for what is an average player.

Dembele and Batshuayi are better options for me.

Colin Glassar
9 Posted 10/01/2018 at 08:23:10
Liam, the same was said of Virgil van Dijk when he was at Celtic. Despite my pleas, Everton ignored me and he went to Southampton.
Jim Bennings
10 Posted 10/01/2018 at 08:31:48
Walcott would help guide along the likes of Lookman who plays in a similar role.

I don't know about Dembele , scoring goals is usually pretty easy in the Scottish league but I think if the price was right he'd be worth a punt but it looks like Moshiri has his “last piece of the jigsaw “now in Tosun so should we just be taking all rumours with a pinch of salt anyway?

Jim Bennings
11 Posted 10/01/2018 at 08:36:11
We might have to see if it was a voodoo message like apparently what happened with Lukaku...

Jesus, what the hell was Farhad on with this gobbledegook?

Paul Smith
12 Posted 10/01/2018 at 08:48:51
Enjoyed the voodoo & Jim White stuff TBH... better than gushing shite Kenwright talks.

However, as someone posted earlier this is Everton – rhetoric barely matches reality.

In regards to Walcott, his agent is at it for a better deal, IMO.

Les Martin
13 Posted 10/01/2018 at 08:51:34
Someone has already had £5k on at 8/1 at Paddy Power in London, reported in The Guardian, so that someone must be in the know.

Good addition if used in a counter-attacking style, we can't have enough pace and he has scored goals.

Tony Everan
14 Posted 10/01/2018 at 09:04:36
He is a quality player who will give us pace and goals.

If, and that is a big if, he can stay fit.

Failing that, Batshuayi a better bet than Dembele.

Eddie Dunn
15 Posted 10/01/2018 at 09:04:51
The "voodoo" stuff is astonishing, what planet are these guys on? If the voodoo message was to go to Chelsea, then why did he go to United? Pogba's influence was key. Bloody voodoo! Unbelievable!
Craig Walker
16 Posted 10/01/2018 at 09:15:59
I hope there's some truth in this. I was a bit disappointed with the "Fab Four" comment from Moshiri and hope that we are not stuck with our current forward line. If we can offload Niasse for £13m and bring Walcott in then I would see that as good progress. Walcott hasn't lived up to his promise fully but he offers pace and he'll get goals.
James Ebden
17 Posted 10/01/2018 at 09:27:13
He is a proven player, who has scored a decent amount of goals over the years, despite not being a complete first-team regular. He has pace. My only worry is his injury record, he seems to be made of glass.

I also wonder why he was never played as a striker, as his pace and finishing are good, but his crossing is awful. Henry started as a winger before moving central, I thought Walcott may do the same.

I don't think he's ever delivered consistent top 4 quality, but he would add a decent amount to a mid table, lower top half team.

Andrew Ellams
18 Posted 10/01/2018 at 09:57:50
He would improve the team, add the pace we are desperately lacking and scores goals. Lennon probably needs a new challenge, Lookman isn't ready to be a first team regular so Bolasie and Walcott on either side of a goalscorer sounds good to me.

Not sure how you fit Rooney and Sigurdsson into that equation though. Less Wayne? Or maybe both of them and Gueye as the defensive midfielder?

Shane Corcoran
19 Posted 10/01/2018 at 10:04:48
Walcott, the player who 15 months ago the penny dropped for after scoring two weeks in a row. Then it was back to the norm.

A lad sitting on his hole most weeks for about £ 100,000 a week. Of all the players that epitomises what's wrong with Arsenal it's him.

All speed and fuck all else.

The 'fab four' comment was pretty lame and Theo ain't gonna make it any better, at least not for any longer than three weeks at a time.

Richard Reeves
20 Posted 10/01/2018 at 10:22:51
I think Dembele would get as many goals and obviously increase in value so I would prefer him but we do need more goals from winger's if that's what he is.
Anthony Flack
21 Posted 10/01/2018 at 10:25:50
The reaction of Arsenal fans I work with to this says a lot, it is in contrast to the Giroud transfer. Essentially, they say he is rubbish and has been for some time – take him

Maybe he needs a fresh start...

Jim Bennings
22 Posted 10/01/2018 at 10:39:36
I went to buy voodoo last summer in Haiti. I asked, no matter what, can I buy a voodoo spell that made certain that I saw a win at Anfield this season..

What I forgot to ask was an “Everton win at Anfield”.

Anyway I had a Christmas bingo win at my auntie Ann Fields so to hell with that voodoo shit, I can see why Rom got screwed over on his move to Chelsea!!!

Clive Mitchell
23 Posted 10/01/2018 at 10:39:38
The most overrated of all current players. No football brain. Waste of money if he came on a free. I'd far rather see us give game time to Lookman, Vlasic and even Lennon than bring this fraud in.
David Harrison
24 Posted 10/01/2018 at 11:30:26
More cast-offs from the top 6 table. Not good enough for a faltering Arsenal but fine for the likes of us (sigh).
Bob Parrington
25 Posted 10/01/2018 at 11:31:22
He would help in transition speed from defence to attack that has been sorely missing under Koeman. Question is, does the reintroduction of Bolasie reduce the need for the Walcott type of player??

Coach's conundrum – get rid of "too many" midfielders but end up with too many fast forwards! Who'd want to be an Premier League coach (xept for the money?)

Ajay Gopal
26 Posted 10/01/2018 at 11:33:01
Craig (#16), my thought exactly – Walcott would be an upgrade on Niasse (although I am a big fan of Oumar!)

Andrew (#18), my thinking is similar to yours – a front 3 of Bolasie, Tosun and Walcott, with Rooney and Sigurdsson providing the creative sparks and both are good in tracking back. Based on the past 2 games, I would prefer McCarthy over Gueye – or use them in alternate games, like the 'rotation' system for pitchers in American baseball, due to the huge amount of work they put in in every game. If Sam can get us a new high-energy LB to replace the ageing Baines (my preference would be Luke Shaw – which might happen, if Man Utd land their LB target from Juventus), then my 1st choice starting XI would be:

Coleman Holgate Keane Shaw
Rooney McCarthy Sigurdsson
Bolasie Tosun Walcott

Sell: Niasse, Martina, Besic, Klaassen, Barkley (done)
Loan Out: Baningime, Mirallas (done)

Backup to Starting XI:

Kenny, Jagielka, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines
Schneiderlin, Gueye, Davies, Lennon, Vlasic, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Sandro

David Booth
27 Posted 10/01/2018 at 11:38:25
He'll form a great partnership with McCarthy... on the treatment table.

All potential and no product.

Everton helping another club offload someone who's never quite made it.

We don't need him anyway with Bolasie. And where does that leave the likes of Lookman and Vlasic?

Man City have only bid £20m for Sanchez – and we offer £15m for Walcott. No wonder we never make that next step up.

Spend the money on someone who'll improve us and take us forward – not on another aging reject that one of the top six sees fit to hand us down.

Sam Hoare
28 Posted 10/01/2018 at 11:58:14
I'm torn on this one.

On one hand there is a player there who has a pretty good goal/assists return in the Premier League and would surely add more end result to our wing play.

On the other there is buying a player who has usually relied on pace who is about to turn 29 and see that acceleration begin to diminish sharply in a year or two.

I think he would improve our team in the short term but to what end? Are we ever going to overhaul the likes of Arsenal if our first team consists of their ageing rejects? If Arsenal fans, who know him very very well after almost a decade, are happy to lose him to us, then I think that probably speaks volumes.

I think we are right to look for some players between 24-28 as we have lots of youngsters and lots of 'experienced players' but would like someone at the lower end of that range. Rigoni from Zenit has been mentioned and would be interesting. Lucas from PSG is unlikely but would be ambitious. Felipe Anderson from Lazio. Bernard from Donestk. Or if we wanted Premier League players I'd be more tempted by Lanzini or even Antonio from West Ham; or Zaha/Loftus-Cheek.

Sam Hoare
29 Posted 10/01/2018 at 12:01:20
Or swap Klaassen back to Ajax for Hakim Ziyech (having another great season). Or David Neres who looks like Lookman on turbo (probably due to weaker opposition).
Dave Lynch
30 Posted 10/01/2018 at 12:02:12
Darren Anderton Mk 2.
Nick Wall
31 Posted 10/01/2018 at 12:05:28
I'd love to see him in a blue shirt, my guess though is that Walcott would prefer to go back to Southampton, and that one way or another he'll make that happen.
Jim Bennings
32 Posted 10/01/2018 at 12:05:31
Got a feeling Lanzini will end up at Liverpool as one of the few they sign in attempts to replace Coutinho.

I'd be ideally targeting the likes of Mahrez, Lanzini, Loftus-Cheek etc but these players won't come here when they leave their respective clubs.

Chris Gould
33 Posted 10/01/2018 at 12:10:18
David (#27),

We have to be realistic. What's the point in mentioning Sanchez? It doesn't matter if he only costs £20 million as a player like that will never come to us. It's easy to say we need players that will take us to the next level, but if they're that good then they'll be looking to go to a club that's already at the level that we aspire to get to.

Walcott scored plenty of goals last season and seemed to be in the form of his life. His injury record is an obvious concern but, when fit, he is a quality player and would undoubtedly improve us.

Sam Hoare
34 Posted 10/01/2018 at 12:11:34
Or how about Thauvin at Marseille? Was a massive flop at Newcastle a few years ago but has been superb in France this last two years and must be keen to show that he can handle the Premier League.
Justin Harvey
35 Posted 10/01/2018 at 12:12:32
Big No,

never had a footballing brain. I read that he never kicked a ball till he was teenager and it shows. has no natural instincts or game intelligence but has got by on raw pace which will decline in the next couple of years as he gets older. He'll just be one more player who gets the nod ahead of Lookman on reputation and we just don't need that.

Arsenal fans have never really rated him so if he's not good enough for them there is no reason we should consider him good enough for us

Jim Bennings
36 Posted 10/01/2018 at 12:17:21
Isn’t it down to that bell Steve Walsh to find us a “Lanzini or Mahrez “ type player anyway?

Our scouting team needs to greatly up their game, every time we delve into the South American market (a continent renowned for skilled ball players) we end up with fellas that look and play like they have been dragged out of a Buenos Aries bookies!

Robert Leigh
37 Posted 10/01/2018 at 12:31:35
Jim Bennings – absolutely!

What is Walsh doing?

We have bought kids and hoping they turn out to be stars. I know Mahrez had 6 months in the Championship to adjust to the country but Lanzini looked sharp very quickly.

Watford plucked Richarlison from Brazil and he has had an impact; if less so recently.

Liked the idea of Walcott 2/3 months ago, but as others have said since Bolasie is back and with others in reserve there appears little need for such a player.

Mat Smith
38 Posted 10/01/2018 at 13:02:43
I think after taking a risk on the unknown Tuson we now need to bring in a few players that are proven in the Premier League – we need attacking reinforcements and Walcott, whether you love him or hate him, has proven when fit he can create and score goals in the Premier League!

People are saying we should be going for Dembele but he isn't proven in the Premier League... Yeah, he may be doing well at Celtic but Klaassen and Sandro were doing well for their previous clubs last season and they are now struggling to even make the bench for us.

People were going crazy over the summer when they thought we'd missed out on Sandro now the majority are saying we should get rid – so how do we know that's not going to be the same for Dembele? We're not in a position to be able to take more risks and the squad needs stabilising to allow us to try and take the step up to the next level!

Shane Corcoran
39 Posted 10/01/2018 at 13:11:06
Matt, has he really proven that?

I don't have stats, and I hate them, but my general view is that he's proven he can get in the team, perform to a decent level for short period before losing his place again.

This sticks in my mind Link

Keane was right and check out Walcott's quote in the last paragraph. Cringe.

Jon Withey
40 Posted 10/01/2018 at 13:12:32
Doesn't seem like a vital signing really – suppose if we were to sell Niasse first then he could be striking option.

At this stage of his career, it's almost like a Lennon signing again.

Where's our left back?

David Booth
41 Posted 10/01/2018 at 13:28:08
Chris (#33): I mentioned Sanchez to illustrate the gulf between what's available and the scraps that we are feeding off.

Sadly, I accept that we are not in a position to buy him right now, but that doesn't mean we should be settling for a near 29-year-old who's never really proved himself – for near the same amount of money?

As John (above) says, it's just another Aaron Lennon signing – and we've already got him too!

Peter Lee
42 Posted 10/01/2018 at 13:48:44
No heart. No thanks.
Len Hawkins
43 Posted 10/01/2018 at 13:57:10
From what I remember, Walcott wanted to be the new Thierry Henry and play through the middle using his pace but Wenger has not afforded him this opportunity. If he could emulate Henry then he may surprise people.

I know that the Management are not on the same wavelength as our footballing expert posters but could we not get a couple of the TW great and good to guide the Board and the coaching staff on the Way Forward?

I'm sure they would appreciate the help. If only Unsworth had been paired with a TW'er and took the thoughts on board, he may have got the job on a permanent basis. Still he has to learn.

Tom Bowers
44 Posted 10/01/2018 at 13:58:24
One time maybe, yes but not anymore. Hasn't shown anything like the form he had some years back and quite honestly would not improve this squad.

His form went pear-shaped when he insisted he was a centre-forward and not a winger.

As someone mentioned, he just doesn't have enough heart and cannot play at wing back.

May as well stick with Lennon, Lookman and Vlasic.

Jim Bennings
45 Posted 10/01/2018 at 13:59:12
I wouldn't be holding my breath on a left back coming in this month, we will probably hand Baines a new four-year deal when he returns and has one decent game.
Ian Burns
46 Posted 10/01/2018 at 14:06:44
We have Bolasie, Lookman, Vlasic and Lennon – is Walcott £15m to 20m better than any of those players? I agree we need further reinforcements up top and left back in particular and in my dreams a player such as Juan Mata to provide that necessary guile.

However looking at Walcott in isolation I have always thought there was a piece missing with this player. As ridiculous as this may sound but I can't put it in any other way but to me he seems to lack instinct compared to such as Sterling.

Anyway, it is a big "No" from me but I am not Sam Al!ardyce!

Peter Cummings
47 Posted 10/01/2018 at 14:33:04
I'm with most posters on TW signing players who are simply not good enough to help our club move forward, we are already saddled with 'cast-offs' and 'also-rans' from both home and abroad while leaving some of our own proven talent out in the cold or on loan.

The boardroom 'Mafia' have yet to go for available 'name' players yet on top of a procession of failed managers are still happy throw more millions at another, yet to prove himself risk, millions that could have paid for at least one big name, if not a couple, instead they come up with just one virtually unknown, to most of us, in Tosun the Turk,

Realistically the only manager who has given us room to celebrate in the last few years,admittedly with without major honours, has been Moyes with several signings from the lower leagues who made it to international recognition as well as domestic respect, in fact he could easily replace Walsh as chief scout for Everton FC for that fact alone... Just a thought.

David Booth
48 Posted 10/01/2018 at 14:33:30
Good call on Mata, Ian – that's much more like it.
John Pierce
49 Posted 10/01/2018 at 14:54:20
Not interested. If we bought him it would block or hamper both Vlasic & Lookman. As the season is over both need regular playing time.

No thanks.

Steve Ferns
50 Posted 10/01/2018 at 15:19:35
I agree John, the season is over, and we need to develop players who could be better than Walcott.

However, Elstone was banging on about money per position and about how much we made from the Europa League despite our early exit (his words not mine!). I believe that the goal for the season now is 7th. Perhaps, the board view Walcott as a player to be signed to get us to that position.

I read the talk of Dembele above, and think you need to dismiss that notion. He's struggled this season. For Dembele, read the "Calvert-Lewin is incredible" comments by Moshiri. If Dembele came in, he'd either make Tosun a sub, or come in to be a sub and knock Calvert-Lewin back to the reserves. Play two up top I hear you say, not happening, no one does it, and we haven't done so for a decade or more with good reason.

Walcott is a potential replacement for Mirallas. A wide forward on the right of a front three. Far more offensive than Lennon, but I doubt Big Sam would play him as such in a game against the top 6, like last Friday. Therefore, he'll probably be a first team player, but a contrast to the more defensively minded Lennon.

I can see us signing Walcott, either now or in the summer, but I'd prefer to give more game time to Lookman and Vlasic. A left back is a bigger priority for me.

Also, would we the fans be willing to dial back our transfer expectations in favour of ensuring the stadium goes through? I know I would, I think we have quality young players and would love to see them get developed. I'd take a rocky couple of seasons, without any major signings, left back aside, and keeping the best young players we currently have, and trying to build a team for 2020 around them, whilst maintaining at least a mid-table position, but there's no reason for me we can't regain 7th and keep it.

Chris Gould
51 Posted 10/01/2018 at 15:20:54
Last season he scored 19 in 41 apps. He scored against Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City (twice), Bayern Munich.

This season he hasn't played in the Premier League but has scored 3 in the Europa and got a couple assists.

I think he's worthy of consideration. He's 28 and in his prime.

Alan Bodell
52 Posted 10/01/2018 at 15:41:44
Well it's a bit like Aaron Lennon joining us from a club where he was not felt wanted and he has upped his game a lot since being here.

Although Walcott hasn't exactly been thriving for a few seasons, maybe the carrot of a World Cup place may give him the incentive so I reckon it would be a good signing; we need the pace.

Oliver Brunel
53 Posted 10/01/2018 at 16:13:03
Wallcoat: Lennon Mk 2.

Not good enough for his average current club. Another coaster to get £110,000 a week for fuck all. Why are we consistently buying second-rate players and getting rid of the best ones?

My only thesis is that the goal posts have changed and Premier League survival is the only man in town. Surely, surely there must be better foreign players we can get a fraction, what are these goons paid to scout when they never produce anything?

Voodoo, Walcott, Barkley... can it get any worse?

Jay Harris
54 Posted 10/01/2018 at 16:32:12
I think he is just what we need.

The pace of Lennon and Bolasie but with a much superior goalscoring record.

Oliver Brunel
55 Posted 10/01/2018 at 16:53:16
Jay (54) I'm not a huge fan of Walcott but my brother (who has been involved in footie in three countries) says that I am wrong also about Lennon. He rates him and Walcott. So what do I know?
Ajay Gopal
56 Posted 10/01/2018 at 17:04:00
Steve (50), it doesn't seem to be the present dispensation's strategy to develop youngsters, having sold 2 of our brightest prospects - Barkley and Walsh in this transfer window alone.

I noted that Walsh came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute and by all accounts, gave a very good account of himself yesterday in the League Cup 1st leg against Man City. He came within a whisker of scoring a great equaliser in the final minutes of the game.

It beggars belief that we pay millions for players like Klaassen and Sandro, and let go of our own promising homegrown talent.

James Hughes
57 Posted 10/01/2018 at 17:20:46
Is he a better player than we currently have and what position would he play? If he can improve us, then fine. He also knows how to win games but if we play him out of position...
Paul Birmingham
58 Posted 10/01/2018 at 17:35:29
For me he's a decent player, but I feel this is a case of buying for the sake of it and we have Lookman, Vlasic whom play a similar role.

I'd settle for Dembele, but priority is a left-footed left-back, and a striker, but who knows.

Gavin Wadeson
59 Posted 10/01/2018 at 17:42:05
Walcott isn't better than what we've already got, but he's certainly on a par with them!

Our Best XI would be good enough to finish in the Top 7 and win a cup if they all remained fit and on top form. We need players like Walcott in the squad because players pick up niggling injuries and their form dips.

We need players – like Walcott – who can slot into the team without weakening the quality.

Ben Howard
60 Posted 10/01/2018 at 17:49:54
If we lose Niasse, we need another centre-forward who is happy to be second fiddle to Tosun, and not at the expense of Calvert-Lewin's advancement. That's a hard call for any player.

Therefore, a player like Walcott might be perfect as he can play all across the front. He may well prosper from coming into a team and expected to be a senior player. I still think of him as Wenger's child project and at done point he needs to mature and develop. He could well do that here.

The more pressing need is for a left back though and it would be negligent not to replace Martina, who is awful in my opinion (credit to him for doing his best recently).

In summary, £15m for Walcott would be a good piece of business in my opinion.

Tony Twist
61 Posted 10/01/2018 at 17:52:09
Don't need him. Too injury prone and getting on in years. Concentrate on who we need like left-sided full-back or centre-back.

Everton, you won't be making any friends for failing again in the transfer market.

Phil Smith
62 Posted 10/01/2018 at 17:54:01
He's fast and knows how to find the back of the net. Misses some chances too but gets in the right areas. Yes for me.
Christopher Nicholls
63 Posted 10/01/2018 at 18:48:58
I would prefer to see Lookman and Vlasic getting more game time for the rest of the season. Beyond retaining Premier League status, we need to start developing the younger players for the future. Sending him back to the U23s isn't the answer, but getting more Premier League experience without too much pressure should be the focus as well as getting long-term absentees fit again.

Any news on whether Garbutt has been registered for the Premier League? Must be make-or-break time for the lad.

Off topic, but please god can we get Siggy in the middle.

David Currie
64 Posted 10/01/2018 at 19:14:04
He is no better than what we have; give Lookman a chance and Vlasic. We don't want Arsenal reserve players for £20 M.
James Marshall
65 Posted 10/01/2018 at 19:59:53
I think he's a bit one-dimensional myself We need to pick out and ditch the rotten core of the club! If we don"t it is doomed! not a bad player, but his career has often been stalled by his inability to do certain things. He's a bit like Ross in that his tactical nous holds him back.

It's one of the reasons he can't hold down a place under Wenger (Sanchez et al ahead of him I know), and also the reason he's never really been able to play wide or up front effectively.

What I mean is, he doesn't really fit either role perfectly. For £20m in today's market though, he's worth a punt, but I also hear that he has a young family, and lots of ties to the south so more likely to go to Southampton if he can swallow the wage cut.

Jack Convery
66 Posted 10/01/2018 at 20:02:30
Not for me. His best days are well and truly behind him and unlike Rooney he hasn't got a football brain.
Robert Leigh
67 Posted 10/01/2018 at 21:01:08
Del Boy has been made available by Barca; don’t we have an agreement with them that we get first refusal?

He’d be cheaper than Walcott, probably more exciting and will only get better..

Tom Bowers
68 Posted 10/01/2018 at 21:05:18
Could be that Delboy is also not up to snuff anymore.

Another lad who can make things happen but just doesn't do enough much like Barklay.

Not worth bothering with in my opinion.

Len Hawkins
69 Posted 10/01/2018 at 21:18:09
Well, I'm sure if Deulofeu makes enough comebacks, he'll be on a par with Sinatra for farewell appearances.
Peter Gorman
70 Posted 10/01/2018 at 22:13:57
Pretty good player, always injured.

We'd have to be stupid to spend £20 million on him. So guessing it is nailed on.

Derek Knox
71 Posted 10/01/2018 at 22:55:48
Robert Leigh @67, Interesting point you make there, I must openly admit; I was one of Delboy's biggest fans; his unpredictability, coupled with exquisite ball skills made him a bit special.

However, I have to add that proven by history; he was not one for tracking back, or generally 'mucking in' while under attack; having said that, he did have an affinity with the fans, for the reasons previously mentioned.

Having said that; he must have learnt something while being in Italy, and back at Barca; so if it came to a straight choice (not that I have any say, only an opinion), I would provided the fee was right have Delboy over Theo.

My only proviso: players returning to their spiritual home, very rarely are as good as our memories of them!

Andy Williams
72 Posted 10/01/2018 at 23:09:28
No improvement on what we have? He has scored 74 and assisted 41 in 252 games (many of those as sub). Goal or assist every 1.5 games (measured by mins on pitch). This rate has been consistent up to this point. Some stats paint a false picture but these don't.

Obviously has his flaws but, bloody hell, he can do a job that very few others can do. I bet there are few who can match that kind of record in the premiership never mind at Everton. By the way, that compares very closely to Sanchez's rate.

He obviously does not compare re overall influence but we could certainly use someone who can deliver like that. Bolasie's rate by the way is a goal or assist every 3.3-ish games whilst Lukaku's is only slightly better than Walcott's. Del boy's is one every 2 games. Just sayin'.

Steve Barnes
73 Posted 10/01/2018 at 23:15:42
No, no, no! I used to have a VW Pasat... great in a straight line, but cornered like a cow that had drunk too much cider... unfortunately TW reminds me of that VW. There must be better options out there, surely!
Bobby Thomas
74 Posted 10/01/2018 at 23:23:20
Walcott is the wrong age. If he was 24/25, I'd possibly be for it.

If he arrives, we are loading up on lads in their late 20's, on thick wedge, with no sell on, that aren't top class, and won't progress us any further than 7th. He's injury prone as well.

Cue a 5 year deal on big wages then.

Shaun McGough
75 Posted 10/01/2018 at 23:38:52
Aaron Lennon with even less workrate. Offer Aaron extended deal and look elsewhere.
Chris Cole
76 Posted 10/01/2018 at 00:07:41
Oh dear!

Offers pace and that's it. No football brain whatsoever.

Give gametime to Lookman and Vlasic.

Jay Harris
77 Posted 11/01/2018 at 00:45:10
Surprised at how many posters are overlooking his goalscoring and assist record which is better than anyone we've got.

HE is exactly what we need a proven goalscorer other than a frontman.

Him and Tosun (hopefully) could provide more goals than Lukaku and Barkley.

Sam Hoare
78 Posted 11/01/2018 at 10:25:20
Lucas Moura has fallen out of favour massively at PSG and is available for £15m-20 apparently. Man Utd are pondering it but if we put a bid in... Surely that is the calibre of player we should be aiming at?
David Booth
79 Posted 11/01/2018 at 10:38:14
Jesus Christ: we're being quoted as being prepared to pay £20m now.

A near 29-year-old, with a dodgy injury record, who has NEVER made it with Arsenal or England – despite being on the verge of doing so for 10 years.

And who's prepared to pay that ridiculous sum of money for him: why, Everton – of course!

Never mind the fact we've got Bolasie and a genuine like-for-like prospect waiting in the wings (literally), in Lookman, who's 9 years younger, plus Lennon and Vlasic... let's buy him because he's a great player isn't he?

Er, no, he's not.

Not necessary, over-priced, injury-prone, one-dimensional, flatters to deceive and above all, not a priority for us right now.

Stop buying players the 'top' clubs wish to cast off. They're doing it for a reason and we are condemning ourselves to forever be chasing them – instead of joining them – as a result.

Clive Rogers
80 Posted 11/01/2018 at 10:55:24
Shaun (#75), Lennon hasn't scored a goal in the Premier League either this season or last season. He is in decline. Time to be moved on.
Brendan Fox
81 Posted 11/01/2018 at 11:14:49
I don't think Walcott is the sort of player we need to be signing, he's seriously injury prone, his main attribute being his pace will be on the wane given all his injuries and his age.

Given he's been playing for one of the best possession based passing teams in the Premier League era he's not a prolific scorer.

We need to be bringing in younger exciting players to add to the likes of Lookman, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin instead of bringing in a main competitors cast offs on a fat pay cheque who has barely managed to get any game time in the past couple of seasons.

If we bring in fresh blood to the team in January we need players who are in form who have been playing the majority of the games for their current club and are at peak fitness to help us kick on.

We don't need another teams sicknotes we've got and had enough of those type of players.

John Hammond
82 Posted 11/01/2018 at 11:33:35
We already have a frustratingly inconsistent winger in Bolasie so don't think we need another, thanks.
Paul Smith
83 Posted 11/01/2018 at 11:45:03
I'm a big fan of Lennon and wanted him to get more game time earlier in the season. I would go for Walcott over Lennon as he offers way more goal threat and can also play through the middle. We are seriously lacking goals and Bolasie is not going to contribute many as his record is poor.

If Walcott signs he is going to be right up for it with it being a World Cup year although personally I would be happy to loan him with a view to signing in the summer for an agreed price.

Then if we could get a left back Tierney of Celtic would be my choice that would do me until the summer. That would leave a team as follows when all fit.

Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Tierney
Gueye, Rooney
Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bolasie

In the games against the top 6, Rooney could be replaced by McCarthy but this looks a far more dynamic and threat than earlier in the season. Then in the summer would like to buy another centre back Akinji of Basel, a midfielder Zakaria of Moenchengladbach, and striker Breel Embolo. These are all young powerful and quick players which is what we should be buying.

Chris Gould
84 Posted 11/01/2018 at 11:46:31
Walcott is 28 and in his prime. He is better than any other player we have in his position. He provides pace which is what we have lacked.

His goals and assists record is excellent. Last season was his most prolific campaign and it's odd that he's now out of favour at Arsenal.

I think he's easily worth £20 million in today's market. He's proven in the Premier League and entering what should be the best years of his career.

We need pace and goals and he provides both. The only concern is his injury record, not his ability.

John Hammond
85 Posted 11/01/2018 at 12:04:35
Don't forget, we've got Henry Onyekuru with us next season, who can play across the front line.

We'll be loading up on wingers like we did with Number 10s this season...

Peter Anthony
86 Posted 11/01/2018 at 12:11:06
Walcott started playing full tilt in the Premier League at age 16, so will likely burn out earlier, a la Rooney.

Still, if money is no issue, as per Moshiri, get him in, I guess.

Fran Mitchell
87 Posted 11/01/2018 at 12:28:48
Not the first name I'd want us to go for. Would prefer us to be going for players younger, without such awful injury records.

When you look it as a 'sell Niasse, get in Walcott' then it is an obvious improvement, or 'sell Mirallas, get in Walcott', and for pragmatic Allardyce, this makes it a logical choice.

But I don't see it as a signing that will really give us the dynamic influence our attack needs. Walcott is a very hot and cold player, and without the service he receives at Arsenal, can we really expect him to come here and thrive?

Tony Hill
88 Posted 11/01/2018 at 12:59:22
I agree with Chris Gould. I recall Walcott plying well with Rooney for England and I can see him taking advantage of Sigurdsson's passing too. The injury record, though, is a serious question.
Steve Ferns
89 Posted 11/01/2018 at 13:00:04
Walcott has played less games than Sigurdsson who is slightly younger, so the burnout comment is a non-starter. 269 games at 28 is not a lot. He's not played a comparatively high number of full 90s; he's often substituted or is the substitute. I wouldn't worry about burnout.

The issue over age and quality, and blocking development of potentially better players, is the main topic for debate for me.

Brian Harrison
90 Posted 11/01/2018 at 13:02:25
I was listening to Perry Groves the other week discussing the Oxlade-Chamberlain move to Liverpool. Now being an ex-Arsenal player, I thought he might have been disappointed, but far from it, he said he cheered when he heard the news.

He then went on to say that the same applies to Walcott; he claims both downed tools over Wenger not being moved on. I guess he would still have contacts at Arsenal who have told him this.

So Sam, we have 2 very good quick lads in Lookman and Vlasic; save your money for someone better in the summer.

Brian Harrison
91 Posted 11/01/2018 at 13:09:41

I agree that blocking the development in our younger players is a big concern for me as well. As you also point out, he hasn't played a lot of games and he is often substituted.

Now seeing Wenger has both Sanchez and Ozil who both could be gone in this window, raises the question: if he isn't good enough to replace 2 players who see their future away from Arsenal – why is he good enough for us?

Also, it's very rare for an English player who plays for a top 6 side to not be an automatic first choice for England, and not just under Southgate either.

Eddie Dunn
92 Posted 11/01/2018 at 13:54:26
He might be a steady Premier League player but this would be a most unimaginative signing.

On big wages, with a dubious injury record his goals and assists have been amassed at a club where he has been serviced by some top class colleagues. If he had been plying his trade with West Brom or ourselves, his stats would be less respectable.

If we sign him, it would signal that Walsh has run out of ideas, in terms of unearthing players that other clubs seem to find.

Mark Boulle
93 Posted 11/01/2018 at 13:58:24
Sam Hoare and one or two others on here – I get the distinct impression that some of you guys are aware of and track far more players out of sheer love of the game than our full-time, "professional" scouting and recruitment staff manage to do!

You suggest some potentially terrific European signings, yet we just know Everton won't have spread the net that widely don't we?!

Walcott just doesn't excite. Other than a left back, if we're going to sign any other attacking players this window, I long for somebody else that has that X-factor about them, like Tosun does...

Philip Jeffries
94 Posted 11/01/2018 at 14:04:03
At £20m this is a no-brainer. An Everton side lacking pace, creativity and goals needs a player of his calibre. It's a Yes from me.
Jack Ledwidge
95 Posted 11/01/2018 at 14:20:24
I'm of the opinion we don't need a Wallcott type of player at all. Tosun has arrived and with Calvert-Lewin and either Sandro/Niasse to stay we should have enough up front.

In this window if we can pinch a left footed defender with height and strength I think it would be money well spent. The likes of Chilwell at Leicester, although not imposing, would give us nice balance both defending and attacking and he's young.

Our focus should be set towards the summer to recruit a play-maker with vision and guile. I know another midfielder !! but it's game intelligence we need, not open the door and run type of player . Maybe Dowell in time might be that player.

The top 6 all have them. Silva, Ozil, Mata, Fabregas,Ericsson and Coutinho (before departure). All not blessed with pace. Maybe Sigurdsson was to be our type but, whilst he is an asset, he is not the can-opener type. Walsh needs to scour Europe and beyond.

Ric Dowse
96 Posted 11/01/2018 at 15:30:39
Gamble but clearly tempting. Watched him start for the Arse a few weeks back and he was superb. He looked fast and hungry. As usual, it depends on how much we can get him for.
Alasdair Mackay
97 Posted 11/01/2018 at 15:43:52
My sixpence is – sign him.

He'd probably sign a 4-year contract at this point, which would take him into his 30s and he'd possibly offer us what Defoe offered Sunderland under Allardyce – pace and finishing ability when played off a target man.

I feel like he is one who has suffered from being played out wide a lot under Wenger. If played through the middle, he could be a really good addition and direct competition for Sandro. Plus another great mentor for Calvert-Lewin.

Dave Pritchard
98 Posted 11/01/2018 at 16:13:49
My sixpence? Never heard that one before – what part of the country are you from Alasdair?

Sorry if this is not on the subject matter in hand but there's very little to get excited about with Everton at the moment.

Fran Mitchell
99 Posted 11/01/2018 at 16:27:00
Arsenal are a club we should be aiming to challenge. Yet we see them going after Lemar and Bernard, while we go for the player they consider not good enough.

Again, a good player he is, and he is better than what we have, but his is injury prone, inconsistent, on big wages and won't get any better (at 28, his main asset, pace, will inevitably be on the decline).

Dembele is available for similar sums, is young and is a naturally gifted beast of a striker whose value will certainly not drop, and could potentially skyrocket to triple figures.

Ziyech from Ajax would be a more exciting prospect, and certainly realistic and shouldn't cost too much more.

An attack of these two, plus Tosun, Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, and Dowell give us pace and variety.

But I fully expect Big Sam to go for Walcott, or some other 28-year-old+, on big wages, because Big Sam doesn't give a flying fuck about Everton from 2019 onwards.

Brian Williams
100 Posted 11/01/2018 at 16:31:37
I think, Dave, the one we're used to hearing is "my two penneth worth."

Alasdair must be well off, or from down south, as his is worth sixpence.

On a serious note, I think Walcott would only come if he had assurances he'd be played in the middle, which is the assurance he was after from Wenger a couple of years ago when there was unrest in the camp at Arsenal. The lad doesn't consider himself a winger.

Having said that, Dembele for me, all day, every day. The lad's form has dropped off this season but, as the old saying goes "form is temporary, class is permanent".

Fran Mitchell
101 Posted 11/01/2018 at 16:32:15
Sam, Lucas Moura is an interesting shout. But he will probably be aiming for Man Utd, Inter, Roma, Atletico, Dortmund etc. He'll want Champions League football, because in Brazil, they only care about the Champions League and, in a World Cup year, that is all the more important.
John Pierce
102 Posted 11/01/2018 at 18:07:59
Walcott is a really poor option. Yes, he has speed but has played almost his whole Career in a team with the ball and has nothing going for him without the ball.

Is he better than what we have, sure but is that the aim here? Just fill the side with big names? The Everton side needs balance. Pay big money for quality and find the players that compliment that quality.

At this moment with nothing to play for, giving Lookman the chance is more important. Buy the quality down our spine.

Bill Gienapp
103 Posted 11/01/2018 at 18:33:19
Walcott's intriguing, but I'm not sure "talented underachiever" is what this squad needs. I'd rather just see Lookman and Vlasic given the opportunity to further develop.
David Israel
104 Posted 11/01/2018 at 18:43:53
To my mind, Theo Walcott's image and future were forever tarnished when Sven-Goran 'first-half-good-second-half-not-so good' Eriksson picked him for the 2006 World Cup, as if he were some kind of latter-day Maradona. I don't think the lad ever recovered. I remember watching him play for Southampton, and he seemed destined for greatness, really.

As for him joining us, well, It doesn't really set my imagination alight.

Clive Mitchell
105 Posted 11/01/2018 at 18:48:02
Peter (#70) – "We'd have to be stupid to spend £20 million on him, so guess it's nailed on."

Perfect summary of the situation. I wouldn't put it past us paying £30 million for this clown – after all, he's twice as good as Barkley isn't he?!?

Bobby Thomas
106 Posted 11/01/2018 at 18:59:54
With the amount of money we will soon, hopefully, be annually shelling out on a new stadium, then signing players in their late 20's, on big wages, makes absolutely no sense. It's dead money.

We've about a £100 millions worth of them already, that are now worth about a quarter of that, and they aren't even that good.

Jason Broome
107 Posted 11/01/2018 at 20:16:29
I would rather we sign Wilfried Zaha.
Tony Abrahams
108 Posted 11/01/2018 at 20:42:37
Read some good posts and it's a 50/50 on Theo I think. I remember McFadden, getting sent off in a league cup game against Arsenal, when they played most of their kids, and Walcott for all his pace just didn't seem as natural, as most of the young Arsenal kids that night.

They played mostly two touch, whereas Theo needed at least 3, and sometimes even 4. So maybe he's played for the wrong team for all these years, because Arsenal maybe don't really play the game that has suited his natural instincts.

I Remember his goal at Anfield, when he ran through the middle and left them for dead, and his hat-trick for England in Croatia, but I've never been sure that pass, pass, pass, really suits Walcott and I think he might just thrive if he's given more responsibility to go and try and take on the fullback instead of just keeping the ball.

John Pierce
109 Posted 11/01/2018 at 20:45:12
Tony. Graham Poll at his finest that night. Gilberto held it together for them.

McFadden sent off for foul & abusive language. 🙄

Mike Dixon
110 Posted 11/01/2018 at 20:52:17
Clive (#105),

I'd rather have a Walcott who wants to play for us rather than a Barkley that doesn't.

Mike Dixon
111 Posted 11/01/2018 at 20:55:24
Fran (#99).

Sam doesn't care past 2019? Hardly his fault, so don't knock him for that.

Tony Abrahams
112 Posted 11/01/2018 at 21:02:01
One common denominator with all these top refs! John? We never get nothing out of any of them.

I was also at Highbury, the night they beat us 3-1 with a load of kids, in the season we come 4th under Moyes, and I was rotten drunk. Got ejected from the ground, with a bizzy getting his own back on me, although I was only going to the toilet (I was very lucky really, long story) and a mate was just about to go into the ground with a spare ticket!

Got back in, and now had to have some wits about me, but this had nothing to do with me sobering up though, that was down to Arsenal's kids, who were absolutely outstanding.

I'm made up with some of our own kids right now, they actually gave me some hope last Friday night, but the moral of the story is that the team will only really improve once we get some really strong characters to go along with the younger talent.

John Pierce
113 Posted 11/01/2018 at 23:01:49
Tony, weve all been there with the ‘plod. It gives me pause to chuckle at my own drunken encounter with the boys in blue.

Forced to go to Mordor, FA Cup 3rd Round; both sides were are home that weekend with my red brothers.

All pretty hammered, my stupid bro eyed up the match chief's stick!

Goaded by my other brother, he decided to try and swipe it! He got completely bundled over, thrown into the paddy wagon.

I couldn't stop laughing. The fella had a sense of humour though. Told me and my other bro to go watch the game, and come collect him after the game! Priceless.

Steve Bingham
114 Posted 12/01/2018 at 07:34:19
Presumably if we get him then Lennon will be moved out.
Jerome Shields
115 Posted 12/01/2018 at 08:18:20
Theo Walcott not able to play regularly for Arsenal. Similar situation to Arron Lennon. Same type of reputation, similar type of player. Not worth the transfer fee quoted. Not surprised we are again playing over the odds.

I get the impression that Allardyce is buying him to retain the ball and pass, meaning that his current tactics are going to continue and this replacement is to bolster them. This means that some players will continue in bit parts and other forwards will go.

Theo Walcott is okay, but Allardyce's management is not for the top four.

Tony Abrahams
116 Posted 12/01/2018 at 09:06:29
Funny, John, I was in a pub full of Everton fans "luckily" because when this bizzy went past me with a bit of attitude, I give him a right slap on the back of his head, but I didn't want his stick, I just didn't like his helmet!

Sent it flying across the room, and when they tried to grab me loads of lads got in the way of them or I deffo would have been getting the same treatment as your kid, plus I would have probably got mufftied as well.

I'd forgot about it till I got launched out the match for doing nothing wrong, and I only realized that I was lucky because this policeman also had a sense of humor when I was shouting at him to come here a minute, and he shouted, "Why, so you can knock me fuckin' helmet off again" as I say I was lucky, especially when I got to see those Arsenal kids play that night.

My team, a team that was nearly full strength, and came 4th that season, got absolutely footballed off the pitch, by these young kids. I'd love to see the team we played against that night though, because they looked to me like they had a squad of kids destined for the top, and I bet you loads of them probably never even made the grade.

Tony Abrahams
117 Posted 12/01/2018 at 09:29:20
He rarely looks at the camera when he speaks, but Allardyce, has just confirmed that we are in negotiations to sign Walcott. He cited four reasons, goals, assists, especially from wide areas, pace, and experience.

He said nothing is imminent though, and told the reporter he never gets excited, because he doesn't like getting disappointed. He sounds like he's been our manager, forfuckinever!

Colin Glassar
118 Posted 12/01/2018 at 09:40:11
Not a huge fan of Walcot but is he better than Niasse, Sandro, Lennon, Mirallas? Yes, without a doubt.

Not a fan because I don’t think he’s had the mental strength (determination) to match his ability. Ian Wright says the same about him.

James Morgan
119 Posted 12/01/2018 at 09:53:25
The lad has pace and goals, something we lack. Is he a world beater? No. But as Colin alludes to, he's better than Lennon and Mirallas.

A forward line of Walcott, Tosun and Bolasie could be a frightening front line for defenders to face, especially with Sigurdsson and Rooney in behind pinging balls left and right. Get him in and a left back sorted and we will be far stronger, and find a beast of central midfielder for the summer.

Geoff Lambert
120 Posted 12/01/2018 at 09:57:30
Get him in he knows how to win in big games, scores against the top six,and will bring pace and goals. All this for £20 million!!!! Yes, please! Out with Kev – in with Theo.
Jim Harrison
121 Posted 12/01/2018 at 09:57:45
As James says, imagine Dembele from Spurs behind that front line.
James Marshall
122 Posted 12/01/2018 at 10:25:38
Everyone goes on about Dembele, but I reckon I could score 10 goals a season for Celtic!
Alan J Thompson
123 Posted 12/01/2018 at 10:28:10
I thought he'd got an ankle injury that would keep him out for most of the remaining season. If so, do a Barkley and wait for the price to drop to £8 Mill.
Ernie Baywood
124 Posted 12/01/2018 at 10:42:38
He'd comfortably get in our team... but an injury prone, declining 28-year-old doesn't exactly get me excited.

I'd rather see Lookman and Vlasic get a run. They'll both be better players in a year with more to come.

Brendan Fox
125 Posted 12/01/2018 at 11:00:32
Looks like we could become the same sort of player retirement home Sam had at Bolton if Walcott comes.

Do the club feel the need to get a replacement player in for the Physio's room now that Macca is back fit? If so Walcott fits the bill nicely...

Brian Harrison
126 Posted 12/01/2018 at 11:15:08
I think we can argue the merits of signing Walcott but I wonder what Lookman and Vlasic will make of it. They see Bolasie and Lennon ahead of them on the right and Sigurdsson being used on the left, so add Walcott to that group and their chances of any game time look slim.

Sam's record isn't great with young players, and when he leaves clubs its usually with an older group than when he started and they are usually on long contracts. So the manager following has old players on long-term contracts that he can't move on.

Scott Mongomery
127 Posted 12/01/2018 at 11:17:48
A mate who supports Arsenal has been moaning for years about paying "that useless lump Walcott" £125k a week for warming Arsenal's treatment table. According to him, a party will be thrown in North London as the door hits Walcott's arse as he leaves.

As others have said, this will be the shittiest waste of £25 million since Davy Klaassen. I despair.

Clive Mitchell
128 Posted 12/01/2018 at 11:18:50
Brian (#125) – good points. Whatever people think of Walcott, how is it a priority to bring him in when we still haven't got a left back and Schneiderlin's in the team?
Paul Thompson
129 Posted 12/01/2018 at 12:10:34
We are in for Walcott and I hope we get him, injury proneness notwithstanding. At 28, he should be at his peak. He would have a lot to prove moving clubs at this stage in his career and he would want to make a splash in World Cup year.

The great thing about Walcott is not simply his pace, but the fact that he's equally comfortable on the flanks or down the centre.

Quoting individual Arsenal fans who don't like him is a mug's game. There would be a queue of haters willing to slag off pretty much any of our current squad on this site.

Tom Bowers
130 Posted 12/01/2018 at 12:24:47
I have my doubts about this move. He has an eye for goal but other parts of his game are none too grand.

Nothing we can do if Sam wants him but he should be very relaxed in a team with nothing to play for during the rest of the season.

Jerome Shields
131 Posted 12/01/2018 at 12:45:13
'In the past 9 years, Walcott has missed an incredible 117 Arsenal games through injury.'

Walcott is a high risk purchase at £20m.

Ian Horan
132 Posted 12/01/2018 at 12:47:18
Walcott is a great signing at £20 mill. I love Vlasic and Lookman but they are both 19 and 20 year old. Walcott and Bolasie for an hour the the young guns released for the last 30 mins. Pace all game and similar with Tosun and Calvert-Lewin. No peace for opposition defenders for 90 mins.

The rest fight it out for the midfield and defence. Sigurdsson for attacking central midfielder behind the front 3 with Rooney & Gueye. McCarthy and Schneiderlin the two central midfielders.

Davies should be loaned out to a Championship club similar to Kieran Dowell at Forest. Easy, this game

Sam Hoare
133 Posted 12/01/2018 at 13:03:27
He's almost definitely better than what we have but why on earth spend such a fortune on a short-term move when we have so little to play for this season?!

It's like Sam is still in firefighting mode.

We are not getting top 6. We are not getting silverware. We are not getting relegated. So build for the future. Walcott is not it.

James Marshall
134 Posted 12/01/2018 at 13:44:03
A very old friend of mine is an Arsenal season ticket holder and he reckons it's a great deal for all parties.

Walcott isn't going to play much for them and needs to move on. He thinks with a first 11 place, Walcott will be good again.

He needs games and he'll get them with us. The price is right, the age is right, the timing is right.

Tim Warrick
135 Posted 12/01/2018 at 13:51:16
Not another overpaid average player to add to our suchlike squad.
Sam Hoare
136 Posted 12/01/2018 at 14:30:17
My brother is a season ticket holder and watches alot of football not just his team. I trust his judgement on players a fair bit.

He said: " He'd probably be an upgrade on Lennon and would add some more pace and experience to your squad but most Arsenal fans will be delighted to finally get rid of him. His work ethic is questionable and his end product is so poor. Plus he's on 6 figures a week. He might give you a few good months to try and get into WC squad but he's not going to help anyone get top 4 longer term."

I think there are better ways/players to spend £20m+ on.

Jim Hourigan
137 Posted 12/01/2018 at 14:30:26
Heart like a split pea, offers nothing when you need someone to challenge and compete.

Complete waste of money. Deulofeu would have offered more and had a future. No thanks at any price.

Stephen Brown
138 Posted 12/01/2018 at 14:39:07
Offer Chelsea £20m for Barkley!!
Brian Williams
139 Posted 12/01/2018 at 14:42:36
Stephen. Pat Nevin thinks selling Barkley on for profit is behind the reason they bought him in the first place. Maybe not in THIS window though!!
Sean Patton
140 Posted 12/01/2018 at 14:45:07
Pure folly to sign a guy who solely relies on pace with a terrible injury record on the cusp of 30; hopefully a return to Southampton will hold more sway.
John Pierce
141 Posted 12/01/2018 at 14:45:53
Tony, your story has made me smile about an Everton game. Not something I've had cause to do in a long while.

I look back and think Everton have had lots of promising kids who never quite made the top top grade. Both a great source of pride and disappointment at the same time.

Everton have never been in a position to nurture in the first team but promote out of necessity. This season is might be different. We have 3 or 4 outstanding prospects, game time from now until the seasons end would determine if they're good enough.

But it looks like Allardyce wants older, short term buys to serve his own agenda, to keep the job. I cannot fault him for that but Everton should be buying better than Walcott.

Joe O'Brien
142 Posted 12/01/2018 at 14:48:04
I'd take him. Sometimes players need a new challenge. Arsenal supporters delighted to see the back of him! I'd say Chelsea fans were saying the same about Salah when he left them.

I reckon he's a replacement for Lennon. I think Sam does rate Lookman since he brought him on in the derby, and even more so with his performance when he came on... such an exciting player. I'm not sure how he feels about Vlasic though.

Anyway, I think if this does happen, it'll be a good buy; he's got something to prove, he's a good age, it's a World Cup year.

Now for left back. Bring it on.

Jackie Barry
143 Posted 12/01/2018 at 14:52:04
How many goals did he score last season? Quite a few by the looks of it; hardly finished as a player and offers something we don't have.
Trevor Peers
144 Posted 12/01/2018 at 14:52:09
Stephen @ 140; Barkley has gone, get over it.
Dave Abrahams
145 Posted 12/01/2018 at 15:02:30
Southampton? Come on, what are you waiting for, Theo... home is where the heart is, you'll love it back there.
Sean Patton
146 Posted 12/01/2018 at 15:15:41

There is a world of difference between scoring goals at Arsenal with Sanchez and Ozil supplying the bullets than at Everton where he will get little service yet be expected to take what few chances we create.

James Hughes
147 Posted 12/01/2018 at 15:18:00
Don't worry, Bill and Steve are all over this deal. Before you know it, the dynamic duo will have brokered a deal.

The end result being Arsenal paying us £20m to take him and Sanchez as a sweetener.

Have faith in Boys Pen Bill, (Fuck'nin hell, where's me drink, hic!)

Sam Hoare
148 Posted 12/01/2018 at 15:36:56
Joe @142, if Chelsea fans were delighted to see Salah leave (and I'm not sure they were) then it's because he was there for 2 years and only played 13 games.

Walcott has been at Arsenal for over a decade and played almost 300 games. They know his game, what he can and can't do, inside and out. If the majority of fans are saying "good riddance", then that concerns me.

Sam Hoare
149 Posted 12/01/2018 at 15:40:33
I'd almost prefer to get Sturridge.
Jackie Barry
150 Posted 12/01/2018 at 15:40:57
Chelsea fans were relieved to see Lukaku go, then they wanted him back. Lukaku is now at Man Utd, the fans were desperate for him, now some are saying he isn't as good as he should be.

Fans are a fickle bunch.

Jay Harris
151 Posted 12/01/2018 at 15:48:01
I can't understand all the negativity about this lad. His goalscoring record speaks for itself and that alone should be welcomed.

Instead of worrying about what a few fickle Arsenal supporters think, use your own eyes. He is exactly what we would all hope Lookman can be but he is already the finished article with extensive top-level experience.

Shane Corcoran
152 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:07:49
Jay, I'm not one for stats but, as your initial point is stats based, it's the best way to address it.

His goalscoring record, in the league, is 65 in 269 games. If that speaks for itself, then what does it say because I'm genuinely not sure.

Of course this stat doesn't tell us what position he was played in, what percentage of these goals were scored when he started versus when he came on and used his pace against tired defences.

It also doesn't tell us how many times he scored the vital goal in a tight 1-0 win versus how many times he got two in a 6-0 home win against a relegation-bound team.

In summary, not only does his goal-scoring record not speak clearly to me – it ain't worth the paper it's written on.

What I do know is that Theo rarely strings a run of games together and that it isn't always due to injury. He hasn't started a game in the Premier League this season. He told us last year that it hit him that he needed to change his attitude after scoring two goals against Basel. Yet, nothing really changed.

I actually wouldn't mind if he came but I think the club are looking at a fairly high fee and very high wages for the most inconsistent of players.

Tony Everan
153 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:22:03
They are looking at him to play a role while the youngsters are still developing.

The best of the young lads will either force their way into the team and make it impossible to leave them out.

Or, more likely, will step in when Walcott's hamstring goes 20 mins into his Everton career.

Jay Harris
154 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:28:43

1 in 4 equals 10 goals a season in the Prem and a lot of those games he only came on as sub so I would still say they're pretty impressive for a winger.

I don't think Deulofeu ever scored more than about 4 in a season by comparison.

Sam Hoare
155 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:29:20
Jay @151 "Instead of worrying about what a few fickle Arsenal supporters think, use your own eyes."

It's not a few fickle fans though. It's almost all of them. That means something surely.

As for my own eyes. They discern a very fast player, with little stomach for the fight and very dubious end product who was always likely to get some goals whilst playing for one of the best attacking teams in the country over the last decade.

Andrew Ellams
156 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:32:27
Walcott isn't playing regularly for Arsenal because they have players we can only dream about. Last season he scored 19 goals at almost 1 in 2 and £20million is no longer a huge transfer fee. It's less than half of what Kyle Walker went for.

Last week, when we were counter-attacking Liverpool in the last half-hour, they were terrified. Now Lookman is good but with somebody like Walcott who has a bit more big match experience, we could be just that little bit more deadly. Lookman will still get game time, he's just not ready to be a permanent fixture yet.

Danny Broderick
157 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:38:03
He would get us up the pitch and get some much needed support for our striker. He will give us some goal scoring threat and pace – 2 things we desperately need. No-brainer for me. Sign him up.
Tony Waring
158 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:42:21
Talking of strikers and transfers, I see James Vaughan has signed for Oldham Athletic. What high hopes we had for him as a youngster. Very unlucky with injuries but I guess he as made a few bob if not a fortune out of football.
Jackie Barry
159 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:54:35
So his Arsenal career is actually 372 games and 103 goals. Not bad at all.
David Gallant
160 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:55:28
People need to be realistic. We cannot compete for players like Sanchez, etc just yet. Walcott is a natural finisher (go and watch some videos of his goals) and will bring pace, goals and assists. He knows the Premier League, so wouldn't need a 'settling in' period and will hopefully hit the ground running. At 28, he is at his peak (not ready for retirement as some seem to suggest).

Yes, I'd prefer Messi too, but hey – guess what, it ain't happening.

For £20M, this is an absolute no-brainer. Get it done!

Paul Birmingham
161 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:58:03
My view from a few days ago is the same... The lad has talent but he does seem to be injury prone and we've had enough crocks over the last few years.

Also this would be a kick in the teeth for Vlasic, Lookman, Donkor etc.. it seems to me the club is buying for the sake of it..?

Does any one know how many games he's played the last 5 years as it seems not many and he's been a full time sub and starts against the lower league teams.

I hope tomorrow that the likes of Vlasic and Lookman get a start or come on early. Can we surprise Spurs at Wembley?

Stephen Brown
162 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:06:35
Trevor @144

It was a tongue-in-cheek comment! I'm well and truly over it!! Bastard!!!!

James Hughes
163 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:24:09
My main concern is that 2 seasons ago he wouldn't have even considered signing for us. His aim would have been higher.

I can't back that up as it is just a gut feeling. Is here just for the money?

Or Is he another Gareth Barry? He signed for us because he wanted to play football and not sit on the bench. Barry didn't let us down IMO

Colin Glassar
164 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:30:43
103 goals for a winger ain’t bad.
Geoff Lambert
165 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:53:30
Why are so many people bothered about how much he will cost?? Is it your money?

Moshiri is worth over £2 Billion and it's his money to spend.

He will score goals against the top teams and has pace to burn, both what we need at the moment.

Geoff Lambert
166 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:58:23
Sam (#148),

Just like our fans when the likes of Stones, Rooney, Lukaku and Barkley left.

Supporters can be very fickle at times.

Gary Edwards
167 Posted 12/01/2018 at 19:02:27
This move doesn't work for either party, it certainly gets the 'not required' Walcott off Arsenal's books, adds another high wage to ours, does Walcott want the move? I doubt it, but £100k a week in his sky from a club that is quickly building a reputation for wasting money / minimal expectation re: returns on its investment, he may commute twice a week for a year or two.

He's from North London, spent some time in Southampton, married a girl from there, they have a young family (latest son 1 year old, missus will be concerned about eldest kid's education etc.), writes books (London based publisher) basically happy and well settled in London. Merseyside / Cheshire appealing? Nice but no.

This is a major life event for Walcott and he doesn't seem to have the strength of character to manage it well.

When will we stop accepting the top 6's cast-offs (for silly money too) and convince ourselves that it's progress?

As Don Hutchison said, it's buying for the sake of buying.

John Pierce
168 Posted 12/01/2018 at 19:05:51
Bolasie gets you up the pitch, Walcott is a ball over the top. There is a clear difference.

I know were my money would be on to retain the ball. Walcott has zero physical presence.

But having said that there is merit in having both and perhaps a balance. Bolasie has played more games on the left, Walcott on the right. The breadcrumbs might lead you to think Sigurdsson must become the 10?

My concern is Lookman. Already marginalised by several managers he needs minutes. Walcott, Bolasie block that route. We have little to play for so why?

Lookman's ceiling is way higher than Walcott's, is it not?

Last year yes this year nah, swerve.

James Marshall
169 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:28:37
I never understand the complaints about spending too much money either – it's no skin of my nose if the club blow £20m on a hoover, let alone a footballer.

When we had fuck all money, people complained we didn't spend enough money, now we have a few quid people complain we pay too much for players!!

You can't win.

James Marshall
170 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:41:59
It's also worth remembering we support Everton – we don't support one of the top tier teams anymore, so players like Walcott are currently our absolute best option.

Brian Williams
171 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:50:00
Spot on James. Sometimes the so called top 6 castoffs are better than what we have already. We're, unfortunately, not THAT big a draw anymore.

Hopefully we will be in the near future but we're an upper mid table club with a rich history at the moment. History counts for next to fuck all when the majority of player weren't even alive when we were BIG!!

We have to make new history and not live on past glories!

Andrew Ellams
172 Posted 12/01/2018 at 21:18:20
I wouldn't worry too much about Lookman, Vlasic etc. We could have a front 3 of Tosun, Walcott and Bolasie with Calvert-Lewin, Lookman and Vlasic all snapping at their heels. So that's 3 players in their prime backed up by 3 very good youngsters. It's the natural order of things isn't it?
James Flynn
173 Posted 12/01/2018 at 23:17:36
Sign him.

We need firepower. Tosun in. Hopefully this guy next.

James Marshall
174 Posted 12/01/2018 at 23:42:33
Allardyce is talking this up a bit more now. The Guardian have him quoted as saying talks have advanced, and that Klaassen could be on his way.

No tears there. I think most of us would be happy with him leaving and Walcott joining us...

Tony Twist
175 Posted 14/01/2018 at 12:32:36
I truly despair that the clowns involved with transfers are considering another late twenties winger. Talk about burying their head in the sand.

I don't think we have too bad a squad but they are ignoring the obvious needs to create a good, not particularly decent, team. We need another centre forward, we should have for most games at home two up front roughing up the defence making the opposition defenders crying at their midfielders to help out.

We need those on loan that could a job for us back, like Galloway and Dowell, plus we need to buy a strong running, hard tackling left back and an Alonso or Arteta type midfielder to orchestrate things.

I think also that our majority shareholder needs to flash the cash and bring in a visionary director of football to make a real difference not have the likes of Walsh dithering about.

Dave Abrahams
176 Posted 15/01/2018 at 09:18:57
Sam, when he came, said his first priority was to stop leaking goals, Sam they have started leaking goals again so get a left back in for starters, a left back because without one Everton are getting left back and down and out.
John G Davies
177 Posted 15/01/2018 at 09:49:28
Two requirements for any signing we make: pace and power.

No pace anywhere in the team.

Sam Hoare
178 Posted 15/01/2018 at 20:11:36
This is happening apparently.

Another player with his best years behind him while a position more in need of reinforcement is not remedied.

Steve Ferns
179 Posted 15/01/2018 at 20:37:06
Typical Big Sam signing isn't it? A past it player, who can defy doubters to have a good couple of seasons.

But as I said, towards the top, is it really worth buying him and playing him at the expense of developing Lookman?

Colin Glassar
180 Posted 15/01/2018 at 20:40:26
Sounds like Defoe is next. Ten years too late as usual.
Brian Williams
181 Posted 15/01/2018 at 20:58:00
Peter Crouch I heard, and Charlie Adam to run, well walk, the midfield.
Andy Dempsey
182 Posted 15/01/2018 at 21:21:02
This guy will be about as effective as Bolasie, just a second-rate player.

Let me tell you, I feel very optimistic about the players we have at the club. I feel very negative about the board and the current manager. I'd love to see us get a manger who believes in high pressing and making the opposition afraid of us, while working with the players he's got and trying to develop them.

As for Walcott - I would have said, even 5 years ago ‘yes, I think he could become a decent striker, a goal poacher.' But now, having never learnt that position by never really being played there, I can't see him turning it in now at 28.

Especially since I don't think Sam will even play him there. He'll be out wide, unhappy playing there, and ineffective. Hope I'm wrong.

If Silva or Fonseca were here, I'd like to see him in a front 2 with Cenk, which would require 3 at the back, and therefore a left sided CB and a LWB.

Colin Glassar
183 Posted 15/01/2018 at 22:35:32
As long as Kevin Nolan isn’t in the mix, Bri.
Brian Williams
184 Posted 15/01/2018 at 22:51:40
Hmmm funny you should mention him Col. :-)

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