Exclusive: Whelan suggests big-name Everton player fighting for his future under Ancelotti
Noel Whelan suggested that Everton attacker Theo Walcott is fighting for his future under Carlo Ancelotti.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds United striker admitted if Walcott didn’t start delivering the goods than Ancelotti wouldn’t hesitate to get rid of him in the summer.
The 30-year-old started the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday but was replaced in the 57th minute of the match by Djibril Sidibe.
Whelan explained Ancelotti doesn’t mess about when it comes to his players and he won’t hesitate to get rid of Walcott in the summer in order to bring in his own players.
When asked if Walcott needs to up his game after his performance against West Ham as he’s never overly wowed for the Toffees, Whelan told Football Insider: “Ancelotti analyses everyone, that’s why he’s a top-class manager.
“And the pressure is on certain players to produce because right now, he isn’t going to get rid of any players as they’ve all got a clean slate and you know, they still need the experience and quality that he possesses.
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“But, at the end of the season, if he hasn’t produced the goods under the new manager, he’ll be on his way, no doubt about it.
“I don’t think Ancelotti messes about when it comes to players, he’ll then have his own money to spend on bringing players in, so you know, it’s a really crucial time for a lot of Everton players at the club as they have to cement their future.
“If not, it is see you later and Ancelotti will bring in his own players.”
The winger, who has 47 caps for England, has been at Goodison Park since joining the Toffees from Arsenal in 2018.
Walcott has racked up 74 appearances for the Merseyside giants but has only managed to score nine goals and register seven assists so far.