Paul Robinson gushed about the transformation of Everton attacker Theo Walcott after his performance in the 2-0 victory over West Ham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham player shared that Walcott had adapted his game in order to continue to play at the highest level as he is no longer able to rely on his raw pace.
Walcott was making only his second start of the season against the Hammers on Saturday with Marco Silva previously opting to deploy him from the bench in matches.
Robinson raved about Walcott mixing up his game but did admit that the 30-year-old winger will likely still be a source of frustration for fans this season.
“Theo, we all know what he can do,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“As he’s got older, he’s lost his pace, but he has adapted his game and he is a good fit for Everton.
“I think supporters will get frustrated with him, but I think the way he plays shows he is learning to adapt his game as he used to rely on his raw pace and running down the wing.
“Obviously his pace is leaving him, it’s not gone but, he has to adapt as players do as they get older and it’s the mark of a good player to be able to adapt in order to still play at the highest level.
“And I thought he was very good on Saturday.”
Walcott has been at Goodison Park since joining from Arsenal in January 2018 and in this time he has racked up 62 appearances for the club.
The 30-year-old has only managed to score nine goals and register six assists for the Toffees during his time with them, after previously scoring 108 goals in 399 appearances for Arsenal.