Arsenal's Theo Walcott could finally fulfil his centre-forward dream at Everton

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Southampton celebrates his side's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at the Boleyn Ground on December 28,...

Everton are reportedly battling Southampton and West Ham to sign Arsenal's out-of-favour Theo Walcott in the January transfer window.

A dejected Theo Walcott of Arsenal looks on during the FA Cup with Budweiser fifth round match between Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2013 in London,...

11 years after Arsenal paid Southampton £12.5 million for the signature of a fresh faced 16-year-old (BBC), the brutal truth is that Theo Walcott has not, and will never become, the ‘new Thierry Henry’.

At the age of 28, confusion still reigns about Walcott’s best position. In 13 seasons with The Gunners, the one-time wonderkid has only ever reached double figures in the Premier League on two occasions.

Even Walcott himself does not seem to know. After years clamouring for a chance to lead the line, the England international told The Mail last year that he was focused on securing his place on the right hand side of Arsenal’s attack.

In recent months, however, he hasn’t even managed that. Walcott has never been further down the pecking order at Arsenal, featuring only three times off the bench for a grand total of 47 minutes in the Premier League this season.

Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on as Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott of Arsenal prepare to come on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion at...

Reports in The Sun that Arsenal could sell to the highest bidder in January, therefore, don’t come as a huge surprise. Although, a mid-season move to Everton, rather than West Ham or former club Southampton, would seem the ideal switch to kick-start a stalling career.

New club, new Theo?

After all, Everton may offer Walcott the chance to finally prove that he is, after all, a centre-forward capable of scoring 20 goals a season. Thanks to the departure of Romelu Lukaku and The Toffees’ high-profile failure to bring in adequate attacking reinforcements, Ronald Koeman’s side have scored just four league goals all season and are crying out for a striker in January.

Theo Walcott of Arsenal shoots during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2017 in London, England.

Could Walcott be that man? The last time he played regularly in a central attacking position, the 2012/13 season, Walcott scored a career-best 21 goals in all competitions. His lightning pace even a year-and-a-half from his 30th birthday while his underrated finishing ability and well-timed runs could finally get the best out of Everton’s array of gifted playmakers.

At Everton, Walcott could become the player he’s always dreamed of.

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