Everton winger Theo Walcott has hit the ground running with a first-half brace which put the Toffees two goals ahead at Goodison Park on Wednesday night in a performance that had supporters literally singing.
A goal from Jamie Vardy in the second-half threatened to spoil the evening but it was all for naught as the Blues held on for three points.
Walcott only signed from Arsenal earlier this month after struggling to get opportunities under Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal but has made an immediate impact since his move north.
It was the attacker’s second game for Everton – in his first he provided the assist for Oumar Niasse’s goal – and he already has notched up two goals.
His brace will have come as welcome to relief to manager Sam Allardyce who has been under mounting pressure after a string of poor results and without a win in five Premier League matches.
The Blues have been roundly criticised by supporters of the club for their lack of creativity going forward.
But Allardyce has made efforts to rectify that during the transfer window by bringing in Cenk Tosun from Turkish side Besiktas and Walcott.
And it is the former Gunner who has been receiving the bulk of the plaudits since his £27million move to Goodison Park.
During the game supporters of the Toffees took to Twitter to praise their January signing and his display had one of them singing:
BOOM, #Walcott already with a brace.
— Lee Anthony Parnell (@lee_parnell) January 31, 2018
With his lightning pace and a baby face, walking in a Walcott wonderland!
— Kevin Burness (@OfficialKB9) January 31, 2018
THATS WHAT WE BEEN MISSING!!!!!!! Get in!!!!!!
— Brad Minoski, The Very Stable Evertonian (@IamBradMinoski) January 31, 2018
Good so this is our good game for January then
— DJSPARKY (@140samshadow) January 31, 2018
Walcott > Salah
— Everton for life (@evertontoffee78) January 31, 2018
GET IN THERE BRILLIANT
now announce mangala, them bring Tosun on and hopefully he’ll score that will be a brilliant evening
— Finley Huntington (@FinleyHuntingt1) January 31, 2018
— Sloan (@111O1O1O11O) January 31, 2018
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