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Everton Prepared To Offload This Winger: Correct Decision By Marco Silva?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by the Daily Star, Everton are planning a massive summer overhaul of their squad and are ready to let one of their highest earners, Theo Walcott leave to make room for other summer acquisitions. The same source has also revealed that the Toffees are willing to change their transfer strategy and target promising players in the 20-25 age bracket. 

Walcott turned 30 last month and is currently earning a whopping £120,000-a-week (via the Daily Star) for his services at Goodison Park. At the moment, he is not even a guaranteed starter in Marco Silva’s first-team, so it is no wonder that the Merseyside club are looking to move him on during the summer transfer period.

Walcott’s Struggles at Merseyside This Season

The former Arsenal speedster has struggled to find consistency with his performances on the pitch. He has made 34 appearances for the Toffees this term, scoring four goals while creating two assists in all competitions.

His numbers are not good enough to merit a regular starting berth at the blue half of Merseyside, and so it might be the best move for all parties if he leaves the club in search of greener pastures next summer.

Does The English Winger Offer Enough On The Pitch?

Walcott boasts blistering pace and is a very dangerous dribbler with the ball out in the wide areas. However, he often lacks the final product in the attacking third of the pitch which has let him down thus far in his playing career.

Everton will do well to cash in on him this summer and bring in a better replacement who can be more productive in the opposition half. The English talent might not be the best candidate to help them challenge for major trophies in the coming years.

Walcott’s Exit: Correct Call By Silva?

Silva needs more proven talents at Goodison Park, and Walcott is indeed not a player he can rely upon on a regular basis. Hence, letting him leave will be the right decision for the club in the long-run. Walcott can also benefit from a change in scenery as it might help him reignite his career away from Merseyside next season.

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