Michael Brown has urged Carlo Ancelotti to not let Everton winger Theo Walcott leave the club on loan this transfer window.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder believes Walcott still has plenty to offer the Toffees this season.
TeamTalk report there are four Premier League clubs who are willing to take the 31-year-old on a temporary basis after Ancelotti apparently told him he was free to leave.
West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Fulham have all been in contact over a potential deal.
The 47-capped England international made his first Premier League appearance of the season on Saturday from the bench as the Toffees beat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-2.
Ancelotti has lined up with the same front three in Everton’s first four Premier League games with Richarlison and summer signing James Rodriguez starting in the wide roles.
Asked by Football Insider whether the Italian should allow Walcott to leave Goodison Park, Brown said: “I don’t think they’ll be in a rush to let Theo Walcott go.
“I don’t think they’ll be saying ‘we’ve got to change that’ because he can certainly contribute.
“As the team gets better as well, which we’re starting to see improvements from this Everton side, it will suit him better. They’ll be more opportunities in attacking areas.”
Walcott has played 85 games for Everton across all competitions since joining from Arsenal in January 2018.
Last season he featured in 25 Premier League games for the Toffees, scoring twice and providing three assists.
The winger has seemingly fallen down the pecking order this season with Ancelotti using Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean as wide options from the bench.
In other Everton news, Darren Bent has been left shocked as the Toffees remain on the brink of a transfer.