Everton will try to sell Theo Walcott before the window closes on Monday night, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Carlo Ancelotti will “gladly” let the 31-year-old leave having ‘not impressed’ over the past 10 months.
Walcott failed to make the matchday squad last night as the Toffees booked their place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals with a 4-1 win over West Ham.
According to Spotrac, the former Arsenal attacker is the fourth highest earner at Goodison Park on £100,000-a-week but he is yet to make an appearance this season.
Ancelotti played down talk of the winger leaving earlier this week and insisted that his absence was a result of great competition for places.
When asked by Football Insider if the writing was on the wall for Walcott, Whelan said:
“It seems to me that Theo Walcott’s time at Everton has come to an end. Ancelotti wants something different.
“Quite frankly he has not done enough since Ancelotti was appointed. He was given opportunities to prove his worth but he did not do that.
“At his age, not being in the squad, he needs to move on. The club will try and move him on. Ancelotti will gladly let him go.
“I am sure that Walcott does not figure in his plans and he’ll only get game time if there are a few injuries. He is not anywhere near first choice.”
When asked if Walcott would leave before the deadline, Ancelotti said: “I don’t think so. The problem is the competition is really high in this moment. Sometimes it can happen that a player, like Theo, is not involved.
“Unfortunately, this is the decision I have to take and I am not absolutely happy to take this kind of decision, to leave out a player like Walcott.”
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