- Shocked Walcott wishes team ‘best of luck’
- Martin Keown says Walcott is ‘a one-trick pony’
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott was the surprise omission from England manager Fabio Capello’s final 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in South Africa.
However, despite the media’s best efforts to blow up the Italian’s decision, many people in the game saw it coming.
Chris Waddle pretty much called it earlier in the year, when he said Walcott didn’t have a “football brain”.
Okay. So, we’ve got over the shock of Walcott being left out. The real question lies in why has the 21-year-old – who Capello crowned “one of our most important players” back in March – not progressed since his move from Southampton to the Gunners back in 2006?
Who’s to blame?
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown told BBC 5live he believes Walcott has plenty to work on if he is to fulfill his full potential:
“He has become a bit of a one-trick pony in terms of going for the line. People just double up on him.
“When he has got time and space then he finds it a problem and he has got to sort that out with his game.
Keown, who made 42 appearances for England, feels the youngster’s loss of form is partly down to his current club manager Arsene Wenger:
“Under Capello it seemed as if he has been getting it right in the main, under Wenger, no, there has been a problem, whether or not that is the coaches’ fault, it has to be the players, he has just not played enough games.
Wenger should be partly blamed for Walcott’s poor performances on the pitch, simply for playing him out of position.
The striker – yes striker not winger – has played on the right and left side of Arsenal’s midfield and has even played at right-back on the odd occasion as a substitute.
He has largely been used to help balance the team out as opposed to playing to his true strengths.
When the Arsenal manager signed him, he said Walcott would eventually lead the line up front.
Well, after four years and now an omission from England’s World Cup squad, I think it’s time Walcott played in his best position and where he prefers to.
After surfing the web in search of support for Theo Walcott, this is all I could find.