By Noel Whelan

23rd Mar, 2020 | 1:43pm

Exclusive: Whelan tips Everton to bin player he thought was 'Great signing'

Noel Whelan has claimed Theo Walcott will be surplus to requirements at Everton this summer after another disappointing campaign. 

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 30-year-old is surviving on reputation only at Goodison Park.

Walcott only scored once in his 25 appearances prior to the Premier League’s suspension due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

According to Area Napoli, Carlo Ancelotti is keen to reunite with Jose Callejon this summer and the arrival of the Napoli winger would put pressure on the English winger.

Whelan admitted that £20million signing from Arsenal has failed to live up to expectations since arriving in January 2018.

“It has been a mixed bag from Walcott at Everton” he told Football Insider.

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“I thought it was a great signing at first, I thought it would work for both player and club but it has not. Injuries again, a lack of confidence and a lack of goals and assists.

“He still has a lot to offer but I do not think it is going to be at Everton unfortunately and I think now you have got to forget about the name and think about the player and what he has done or two seasons which is not enough.

“Right now, you say Theo Walcott and you think about the name and everything he has done at Arsenal. But you need to forget about the name right now because he has not done enough in two seasons whilst he has been at Everton.”

Walcott is entering the final year of his contract and the Toffees may look to sell rather than lose him on a free in the summer of 2021.

In other Everton news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider club will look to secure new deal due to the “turbulence” caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.