Alan Shearer has once again raised the question of whether Theo Walcott is a winger or a striker.
Theo has played in both positions and enjoyed reasonable success in each. However, due to injury and team rotation, his time in either spot has been pretty limited and it’s presumably down to this that he hasn’t been able to really solidify himself in just one area.
At the beginning of the season everyone wrote him off as merely a pacey winger until he had a decent spell in front of goal. We were all more than willing to change our minds – after all, we needed another goal scorer at the club. However, due to another injury, the England international was sidelined again and hasn’t quite been the same since he returned.
Alan Shearer questioned the forward’s position after the match on Sunday.
“What I think is unfortunate is we’re still asking the same questions now as we were six or seven years ago about Theo Walcott,” Shearer said.
“Is he a centre forward? Is he a winger? He’s not even a regular in that Arsenal team. And we’re still asking the same questions.
“One of the things that happened to me was as soon as I went to Blackburn it was fortunate that Kenny Dalglish was the manager. He knew the position that I wanted to play in. He guided me to make runs, when not to make runs, into the penalty box.
“A lot of it is instinct when you’re sniffing the ball out or where the ball is going to fall to you in the box. I’m not so sure you can teach that to people but he doesn’t make enough of those good runs.
“His biggest asset is his pace so he shouldn’t be going that way all the time towards the ball. He should be going the other way to ask questions of defenders.”
No matter what you think of Shearer, he raises a valid point. It doesn’t appear as if even Wenger really knows where to play him and when he’s not performing it’s even harder to place him. How long do we wait?