Sam Allardyce plans on playing Theo Walcott across his front line should the Englishman’s move to Everton go ahead.
Walcott is reportedly close to joining Everton this month after Allardyce confirmed the two clubs were in talks. He must be confident of signing him, as he’s been very up-front about what he’d do with the 28-year-old.
“I don’t know where I’ll play him until we get that deal done,” he said, as reported by the Daily Mail. “When that deal’s done I can have that conversation with him.
“I see him playing anywhere across the front three and I’m presuming if he’s not comfortable with that then he’ll tell us and it won’t happen. We’d have that conversation if we were going to secure that transfer and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
Despite supposedly being close to leaving, Walcott featured for Arsenal in their 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday. He came on as a second half substitute to try and rescue the game. His contribution to the game was being caught offside twice.
It was just his sixth Premier League appearances of the season. With Arsenal out of the FA Cup and playing a strong team in the Carabao Cup, his opportunities will remain limited. He’s a player in desperate need of a fresh start.
Walcott had the dream of playing as a centre forward but accepted his role as a right winger at Arsenal. Unfortunately for him, Arsene Wenger changed the formation and had no room for Walcott in the starting line-up anymore.
Whether he ends up as a winger or striker at Everton, at least he would be playing games again.