Theo Walcott has revealed that he signed for Everton because Sam Allardyce is the type of manager he needs.
Theo completed his £20m move to Everton in January and has gotten off to a great start. The 28-year-old has netted two goals and provided one assist in three appearances. More importantly, he’s playing regular football.
The forward wants to help Everton bounce back from their 5-1 defeat to his former team and he reckons Allardyce will get the best out of him in order to do so.
“I had that short stint with Sam with England and to see it now every day, the way the intensity of training is and how demanding it is has been great,” Theo told Everton’s official website. “I like to go into training every day and try to be better than the day before.
“Sam was one of the main reasons why I came to the Club. I wanted a manager like that who could get the best out of me.
“He is eager to turn results around. There have been a few recent results like getting the draw against West Brom and then beating Leicester City where we have seen improved performances but I have come here to push Everton on. I want to improve the team and anything I can do to help, I will do so.”
Of course Allardyce is probably going to get the best out of Theo because he’s actually going to play him.
At Arsenal, the England forward wasn’t getting starts and this season he was struggling to pick up any minutes at all. As a result, he began to stagnate and his move to Merseyside in January came as no surprise.
Emotional day for me returning to the Emirates – disappointed not to get the right result, but appreciated all the support in the stadium from home & away fans pic.twitter.com/6soyk9RpVs
— Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) February 3, 2018
At Everton, without as much competition for a spot, Theo can play and thrive. He’s found his level so he’s no longer under pressure to achieve something he’s potentially not capable of.
While he was never a bad player, he was inconsistent, which was mainly down to injuries, and you often felt the frustration would get to him.
With the Toffees, this shouldn’t be as much of a problem, as long as he can stay injury-free.