Paul Parker wrote in his Eurosport blog that Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott is not good enough for a big club and should be sold this summer.
The former England and Manchester United defender was cutting in his assessment of Walcott and questioned why Liverpool would want to sign him this summer given his ability – with the Daily Mirror among those to credit the Reds with holding an interest.
Parker wrote: ‘’As for Walcott, it might be the right time for him to leave but he is only being linked with big clubs, like Liverpool, and it doesn’t add up.
‘’Are they really looking for a player of his ability and quality? His value is high because he is English, not because he is a great player.’’
Is Parker right – is Walcott a poor player?
Walcott has been tormented with injuries throughout his career but to suggest that he is a poor player would be foolish as he has proven, when fit, that he can make a huge impact.
In the past three seasons, the England international has scored 21 goals in 55 Premier League appearances and claimed 14 assists. It’s a record you would only associate with a very good Premier League winger, which Walcott is.
The issue for Liverpool to consider, should they pursue the attacker’s signature, would be his fitness rather than his ability, and rightly so.
If he does move on from Arsenal this summer, then the question marks will be on whether he can remain match fit and integrate into a new side after so long at Arsenal.
At 26, he still has plenty of time left in his career and could argue that he is approaching his peak.