Theo Walcott has been a “huge disappointment” at Everton despite barely losing any of his phenomenal pace, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds United and Coventry City striker expected big things of the 47-times England international when he was signed from Arsenal for £20million in January of last year.
Walcott, 30, has scored just seven goals in 50 games for Everton and has been dropped to the bench for the last five matches following a wretched run of form.
His tally of just three league goals and two assists from 33 appearances this season, 23 of which have been starts, have led to criticism from a significant section of Everton fans.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan explained why he expected so much more from Walcott.
“Everton fans must have been blown away when they signed him last year, he seemed the ideal fit to provide pace and penetration from out wide,” Whelan said. “But he hasn’t really done anything at Everton and has been a huge disappointment so far.
“You look at him and he should still be a big threat in the Premier League. He still has more pace than most 21-year-olds, and he’ll always have than blistering speed, maybe lose half a yard over the next few years.
“But his end product is not great. His finishing can be better and his assist ratio needs to improve. Sometimes, you think, ‘What happened to him?”
Walcott was once again on the bench for Everton’s surprise 2-0 defeat to relegated Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
The forward replaced Richarlison on the right flank with six minutes of the game remaining.
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