Here are five reasons why the Englishman should leave Arsenal sign for the Reds in January...
1) Liverpool are in desperate need of a striker to partner Luis Suarez and take the heavy weight of dragging his team up the table almost single-handedly off his slender Uruguayan shoulders.
Coincidently Walcott fancies himself a striker – he is played on the right flank by Arsene Wenger but has voiced his ambition to play through the middle, spear-heading the attack.
2) Brendan Rodgers’ new system – The ‘total football’ Barcelona-like style that he implemented at Swansea to great effect is very similar to the possession football Arsenal have been playing for more than a decade under Wenger.
Walcott could slot into that style of play with ease and hit the ground running. At pace no less.
3) Whilst the 23-year-old’s primary position is on the bench so far this season, that is only because of his refusal to renew his contract at the Emirates – not because he’s unperformed.
However, his position for England tends to be on the bench these days, since the arrival of teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, along with competition now emerging from young Raheem Sterling. But if he were to link up well with Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, he might find himself on the team-sheet from the kick-off more often.
4) Walcott’s well-documented inconsistency in his performances for both club and country may well be because he needs a new challenge. When he burst on to the scene, signing as a 17-year-old from Southampton, he was hailed as a future star.
But perhaps his inability to fulfill his potential is linked to his club’s failure to achieve the same. Arsenal’s lack of silverware perhaps seeps into the minds of their players, almost by osmosis – whilst, amongst their rivals, conversely, success becomes a habit, ingrained in the players.
5) Walcott has been on the end of some strong criticism over the course of his career – most notably from Arsenal’s own fans. The fans on the Kop, however, are renowned for their ability to back their players through thin and thinner, oftentimes regardless of their conduct on or off the field.
Perhaps some positive re-enforcement would improve Walcott’s confidence and take some of the pressure off – pressure that he’s been carrying with him for his entire career.
Do you agree? Should Walcott make the switch?
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