With his Arsenal career stalling, Theo Walcott posted photos of his pre-pre-season training regime on social media. So often derided as a ‘nice guy’, Walcott is determined to stake his claim in the England squad ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
If that means leaving north London, then West Ham United are a club definitely interested, according to the Sunday Mirror. The Hammers know that they need to improve vastly on last season when goals were a real problem.
Manager Slaven Bilic is under pressure to deliver following the move to the Olympic Stadium and needs to find a consistent goalscorer. Walcott proved to be that when he led Arsenal’s line.
However, he fell from grace with Arsène Wenger, despite breaking the deadlock against Aston Villa in the 2015 FA Cup final. Now, he finds himself behind Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck in the queue for the central striking role, and even further down the list for the right-sided midfield position in the Arsenal XI.
A decade ago, this didn’t seem the way his career would pan out. Taken to Germany as a 16-year-old with England for the World Cup, the football world was at his feet. However, injury problems continually stalled his career and now he finds himself on the periphery of the England squad.
Twenty-eight-years-old, Walcott should be in the prime of his career. Instead, he finds himself trying desperately to salvage it. A move to the East End may well be the answer.