Ex-Manchester United defender Paul Parker hammered Jesus Navas in his most recent Eurosport column, but also dragged Theo Walcott’s ability into it too.
Following Manchester City’s most recent defeat to Crystal Palace, the ex-United defender was less than poetic with his criticism of their current team and labelled Spanish international Jesus Navas as a ‘complete waste of money’.
‘‘There’s been continuity in selection but too many of the players who have been indulged in this way haven’t contributed enough,’’ said Parker.
‘’Someone like Jesus Navas has been a complete waste of money, a Spanish Theo Walcott, all pace and no end product. Plenty of people feared that would be the case when they signed him and he has been very poor.’’
Although the Spaniard hasn’t been as productive as he may well have liked this season, he still tops City’s assist chart with seven in his 29 Premier League appearances. However, with no goals to his name, the 29-year-old’s credentials to play for a side at the top of the league will always come into question.
Nevertheless, the comparison to Theo Walcott as a player who is ‘all pace and no end product’ is especially odd given the Arsenal attacker’s form in the past two seasons.
The England international, who has suffered heavily from injuries in that time, has managed to score seven goals in 21 appearances – made even more impressive considering only 12 of the 21 appearances have been starts.
Both players – Navas and Walcott – will be hoping their future in football will be a brighter than their past but for different reasons. Navas will be hoping to add goals to his game, while Walcott will be praying that he can have an injury free season for the first time since 2012/13.