Well-known sports presenter Richard Keys has written on his website that Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is too wasteful when played through the middle.
Keys made his comments following Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
England international Walcott, who started the game and played until the 75th minute, scored the opening goal just past the half-hour mark.
“Theo Walcott is too wasteful to play through the middle. He's 26 now and some are still talking about his 'potential'. No. Martial, at 19, has potential. Walcott should be the finished article at his age and he's not.”
Keys does have a point about Walcott being wasteful. Against Stoke, the 26-year-old took eight shots but could score just once.
However, one needs to remember that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not always deploy Walcott as his main centre-forward.
To truly judge the former Southampton man in the striker’s role, he should be given an extended run in that position.
One point which Keys makes that is very pertinent is that Walcott should be a finished article at this stage of his career.
True, the Englishman has not been helped by injuries in recent years, but that should not eclipse the fact that he is not a great footballer. Walcott is, at best, a decent player.