Jamie Redknapp has suggested to Sky Sports, during their live coverage of Everton’s League Cup match with Salford City, that he thinks Theo Walcott may leave Goodison Park in the next few weeks.
Walcott was selected to start for Everton against Salford last night, but he only had a minimal impact.
The England international forward was unable to get on the scoresheet, as Everton picked up a 3-0 victory.
And Redknapp now has serious doubts over Walcott’s future on Merseyside, as he doesn’t think the England international will be happy playing a back-up role.
“It’s a tough one for Theo, because you look at the players coming in and he didn’t start at the weekend against Tottenham,” Redknapp said.
“I’m not sure whether with the players coming through, like Anthony Gordon, he might be looking thinking I’m not the right fit here now.
“Theo might end up going out on loan somewhere or someone will sign him.
“There’s no doubting his talent, but at that age you don’t want to be sitting on the bench.
“It will be an interesting next three weeks for him to see if he’s still an Everton player.”
Walcott has never really managed to show his best form at Everton since arriving at the club two and a half years ago.
The 31-year-old seems to have lost the blistering speed that once made him such a threat, and he now could be set to play a peripheral role.
Everton’s attack appears to have taken shape, with Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez all linking well on opening day.
Walcott may be useful to keep around as an impact substitute, but whether he would be happy with such a role now remains to be seen.
Everton’s opening fixtures of the 2020/21 season
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