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3/9/2021 | 08:15pm
Southampton picked up just two points from their opening three Premier League fixtures this month, with Theo Walcott disappointing with his performances.
The 32-year-old started against both Everton and Manchester United but failed to make any real impact, so it was no surprise to see Mohammed Elyounoussi start ahead of him on the right-hand side against Newcastle United last time out.
After spending last season on loan with the Saints, Ralph Hasenhuttl deviated from Southampton’s usual transfer method in order to bring Walcott back to the club where he started his career on a permanent basis.
Whilst it was on a free transfer, Walcott’s three goals and three assists last season perhaps didn’t justify him earning a permanent deal, and it was perhaps disappointing to see him starting ahead of the likes of Nathan Tella and Elyounoussi in the early fixtures.
In the games against Everton and Man United, the former Arsenal man failed to contribute a single shot or key pass, whilst he averaged just 10.5 passes in those games, with a less than impressive accuracy ratio of 66.7%.
Last season, the experienced winger averaged 1.4 shots, 0.8 key passes and 19 passes per game, with a passing accuracy of 74.4%, which certainly emphasises that his performances so far this season have been far from good enough.
Considering that Walcott is one of the top earners at Southampton, reportedly earning £75k per week, his performances must improve as the season goes on, as otherwise it is difficult to explain what he offers on the pitch and why the Saints opted to offer him a two-year deal.
The former England international could be a great player for Hasenhuttl to have in the dressing room and on the training pitch when it comes to mentoring younger team-mates. However, if Walcott cannot improve his performances in the near future, then he shouldn’t be considered a regular starter for Southampton this season.
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