Danny Mills has lauded Everton winger Theo Walcott for his game-changing talents after coming off the bench in the club’s League Cup win over Watford.
The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the 30-year-old managed to spark the game into life with his second-half outing, heralding his willingness to make the runs which stretched the Hornets’ back line.
Goals from Mason Holgate and Richarlison ensured that the Toffees secured the win and progressed to the last eight of the cup, a test against fellow Premier League side Leicester awaiting them in December.
Mills says that after a dire first-half from both sides, the English wide-man brought some much-needed life into the Toffees’ forward line.
Mills told Football Insider: “The first-half was incredibly poor from both teams, there was no ambition, no energy. Theo Walcott was brought on at half-time and he changed it. He came on and suddenly he had that little bit of energy.
“He made a darting run in behind the defence and sometimes it’s alright saying to players you need to pass the ball in behind, you need to do certain things but sometimes you need unselfish runners to make those runs. It’s a catch-22, if nobody makes the run, nobody will pass the ball. If nobody passes the ball, no one makes the run.
“A lot of credit to Theo Walcott, he’s had his critics at times but he came on, upped the tempo and upped the energy.”
Walcott has played 10 times for Everton across all competitions this season, only three of those coming in the starting XI, with two assists to his name so far, including one in the win over Watford.
He has a total of 64 appearances under his belt at Goodison Park, battling it out with the likes of Richarlison and Alex Iwobi this term for a place in the starting XI.