Theo Walcott joined Everton from Arsenal in the January 2018 transfer window for £20m.
Everton fans had a lot of expectations from the English winger who was once described as a player with unlimited potential.
However, things haven’t exactly been rosy for the pacy winger. With just 7 goals in 49 appearances to show for and a few underwhelming performances, Walcott’s move to the Goodison Park has turned out to be a failure so far.
Theo had the backing of Marco Silva when the Portuguese manager joined Everton, but that has changed in the last few weeks with the 30-year-old moving down the pecking order.
This has lead to the speculations that Walcott’s future at Everton might be coming to an abrupt end.
But hey, Marco Silva isn’t having any of it killing of all the rumours about Walcott axe:
“I was surprised because just because one player doesn’t play two or three games it doesn’t mean he isn’t an important player for us or we want to put him out or want to do something with him,” Silva said.
“Football is not like that. We have 23 players but we can only play 11 and the coach has to decide.
“At the moment, Richarlison is playing in his position and is doing well but it doesn’t mean Theo is not trying and doing well.
“And so in that moment I was surprised and I want to show the respect Theo deserves coming from me and the protection he deserves because he is a very good professional.
“If he is not playing at the moment then it is my decision and he has to prove his quality to me during every session and in the match, and I have to decide.
“I was surprised in that moment and I showed my surprise to the question.”
With Richarlison and Bernard doing well on the wings and the presence of Ademola Lookman in the squad, Walcott’s opportunity has been few and far in the last few weeks and that isn’t going to change anytime soon unless Walcott starts scoring goals and assists for fun.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t look like the case and no matter what Silva says, this might just be the end of the former Arsenal star at Everton.