Paul Robinson has labelled Everton winger Theo Walcott returning to Southampton on loan as “a deal that just works”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the 41-capped former England goalkeeper believes his former international teammate faced an uphill battle to win his Everton place back.

This site revealed on deadline day that the Saints were set to re-sign the 31-year-old but the Toffees would still continue to pay half of his wages.

The winger has been limited to just one appearance in the Premier League this season with James Rodriguez and Richarlison starting all four games out wide.

Walcott is a graduate of the Southampton academy and he made 22 appearances for his boyhood club before signing for Arsenal in 2006 as a 16-year-old.

After 12 years with the Gunners he moved to Everton but has found his opportunities limited this season.

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Asked by Football Insider whether this was a good move for Walcott’s career, Robinson said: “Theo was one of those that had to leave and that’s a deal that just works.

“Going back to Southampton for him is something obviously that he wanted to do and he wasn’t going to play regularly at Everton.

“You look at the quality they’ve got there in their starting XI and their bench as well. It wasn’t one he was going to break into.”

Speaking to the Southampton FC website, Walcott said: “Something feels right about it. Every time I look down and see the badge it just feels right. It does feel like home, but I want to make sure I really push on and help this team.

“I’m not here to make up the numbers at all. I’m here to play and perform and work hard.

In other Everton news, Alan Hutton has been left baffled as a club signs a Toffees man ‘Out of nowhere’.