Charlie Nicholas has claimed that top Everton target Theo Walcott would not fit in at Everton.
Talking on The Debate show on Sky Sports (Friday, 10pm), Nicholas claimed that Walcott could suffer the same problems he faced at Arsenal.
Walcott wanted to play down the middle at Arsenal but manager Arsene Wenger didn’t trust him to lead the line.
“He wanted to be a number nine and he was never going to get that, he had to play on the wing,” said Nicholas on Walcott’s time at Arsenal.
“I’m not sure Everton are the right club for him, I don’t think their attacking structure is right for him.
“The other club he has to choose from is his old club Southampton and they’re certainly not right for him either. So it’s a hard call.
“Sam’s got a lot of work to do. They’ve just paid £27m for a man [Cenk Tosun] who’s going to take time to come in and settle down.
“I think Walcott would be a good signing, but I’m not sure where he [Allardyce] would play Theo.”
Sam Allardyce confirmed on Sky Sports that Everton were in talks to sign Walcott and that he would love to get the deal over the line.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton are a completely different club to Arsenal and Sam Allardyce clearly rates Walcott. Yes, the club has just signed Cenk Tosun, but Walcott is a versatile player and can slot in across a number of positions for Everton. Allardyce has completely turned things around at Goodison and Walcott would be a brilliant addition. He’s still got time to prove that he can be a devastating Premier League attacker despite things not working out at the Emirates. We think Nicholas has got this one wrong.