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End of Season Report Theo Walcott

May 27, 2012
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Theo Walcott in action

Name Theo Walcott

  • Born March 16, 1989 Middlesex, England
  • Position Striker
  • Squad Number 14
  • Previous Club(s) Southampton
  • Joined Arsenal January 20, 2006
  • Prem 32 (3 sub) (8 goals).. Europe 8 (2 goals) FA Cup 1 (2 sub) (1 goal) Theo made 11 assists.

Theo was substituted off 27 times during the season Theo started as a sub away to the Barcodes and then scored two goals both home and away against Udinese in the qualifiers for Champs League.  Theo also scored against Man Utd to bring the score back to 1-3 just before half time in the nightmare 2-8 defeat.  three goals and it looked like this could be Theo’s season.

Theo played in all but two games in Sept and had his best game at home Bolton in a 3-0 win, but did not get on the score sheet throughout the month. Theo was again a regular in side during October. His only goal of the month was scored in the superb 5-3 away win at Chelsea, where he not only bamboozled the Chelsea defence, but himself and me, but pretending to fall over, getting up, going through the middle of two Chelsea defenders and slamming the ball past Cech in-goal.  That’s Theo, you don’t know what’s coming next.

 “He is more a complete player today,” said Wenger. “Now he wins the ball defensively and he is dangerous going forward. He works so hard.”

Theo was again in the side for all but the Man City League Cup tie in November. He set up two goals for RVP and TV5’s v Fulham.

 “Hopefully I can give him some proper assists as well, because as a striker I believe assists are just as important as the goals you score,” said Van Persie. “Theo’s assists aren’t lucky – they’re proper assists, down to good movements, good actions, good final balls. For me that’s perhaps even more important than a goal.”

In December Theo played in all but two games but the worrying factor was his lack of goals. Though the team did get four Prem league wins versus Wigan, Villa, Everton and QPR.

Theo played in all the games during January as Arsenal has a nightmare in the Prem league, but a better time of it in the FA Cup. Theo bagged two goals during the month in the 2-3 defeat to Swansea and the 3-2 FA Cup win against Villa.

“I think he is coming back [to form] now,” Arsene Wenger. “He had a dip over Christmas. I found people were a bit harsh on him at Swansea because in the first half he looked dangerous to me. In the second half he scored the goal and having seen the game again he created some dangerous situations. The expectation level in England is very high for him because he started at the age of 16. But I still feel he has improved a lot this season.”

Theo played in all six games during February. He scored his first goal of 2012 in the 3–2 defeat at Swansea, with a nice chip. Theo was then involved with assists for three goals in the 7–1 home victory against Blackburn, setting up two goals for RVP and one for Oxo. After the match, Arsene Wenger said that

“he is currently the best winger in the League”

Later in Feb he scored two goals against the Spuds in a 5-2 win, where at times Spuds could get nowhere near him as he came alive in the second half, after a poor first half. That seems to be the way Theo rolls.

 “He works very hard every day, scores a lot of goals in training and just needs to get the goals in games. But we are very pleased for him,” Wojciech Szczesny said about the forward after his derby brace”

March and Theo played in all matches during the month, picking up a MOTM in the 2-1 win over Newcastle and also scored against QPR and Villa.

“I’m enjoying playing football at the moment, I’m still only 23 so there is still a lot to come from me I’m sure.,” said the winger. “But I feel great, I’ve never played so much in my life on a consistent level for 90 minutes. It obviously helps when the team is winning as well, that is important. The confidence just flows through the whole team.”

Theo stated the month in the side and played well in the 3-0 away win at Wolves earning an early penalty and also grabbing a goal with a fine 1/2 with RVP. However,  in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea, Theo picked up a hamstring injury that they said ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

 “He has had his best season yet,” said Arsene Wenger. “He gets criticism because he raises the level of expectation so much that when he has a disappointing game or doesn’t make the difference, people straight away go at him because they expect something special.”

In May, surprisingly after being told he would miss the rest of the season, Theo returned for the for the last match of the season away at WBA where he came on as a second half substitute.

 “It is a fantastic feeling [to finish third] – we have been hot and cold all season and it doesn’t matter how you play, as long as you get the result here,” said the England winger.

Theo was then picked in the England squad along with Oxo-Chamberlain for the Euro’s 2012.

Walcott transferred to Arsenal in January 2006, for a fee of £5 million, rising to £12 million depending on appearances. The fee was revised to a total of £9.1 million by a compromise settlement agreed in March 2008.

Theo Walcott the young lad brought in from Southampton with such promise and the next big thing in English football. A player that makes you want to headbutt walls far to often.  Theo at times plays like a schoolboy playing with the bigger kids in the park and has the ball taken from him like candy from a baby.  Many times he lacks the ability to do the simple things like how to control a ball. He shooting and crossing at times (well most of the time) is woeful. Theo seems to be at his best when he had little time to think about what he is going to do next and works best on instinct. Give him time and you can be sure he’ll mess it up 95% of the time.

I would say in his defence that to expect a player to run like the road runner (meep!! meep!!) and dribble past players is not going to happen, you just can’t do that at the speed Theo runs.  To utilise him best is with defence splitting through balls or balls over the top both for him to run onto too. This is where his danger is.  Theo has a very good understand with RVP and is the clubs second highest scorer.

There are games where he looks a world beater and opponents can’t get near him. maybe this is a combination of not being fed the right balls and Theo’s lack of belief in himself.  One of the most frustrating players you’ll see. Since he joined the crowd have been 100% behind him. The for a short period they get on his back, but they always want him to do well. it’s like he is one of us and we are willing him on. Last season, like RVP, he was quite free from injury, played a lot of games and at times was playing really well.

I had hoped the start Theo had to the season that this would be the season where he finally came through and showed everyone the player was have all been waiting for. Sadly he only got about 50% of the way there.

Theo is now looking for a new contract and like RVP it’s in the lap of the gods as to what will happen. I expect him to stay and hope that next year he can grow some balls and finally show us all what he can do. I have no doubt he has it in his locker, but he needs to have a good Euro’s and come back firing and keep up the link his has with RVP (who I think will stay).

Trivia

  • He has a dog called Diesel
  • He likes to sing ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ at karaoke
  • His favourite film is King Kong
  • His partner has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
  • He supported Liverpool when he was a boy
  • His cousin, Jacob has played for England Under-17s
  • His middle name is James
  • He has written two football books for children
  • He made his international debut at the age of 17 against Hungary
  • His favourite hobby outside of football is golf
  • His boyhood hero was Thierry Henry
  • He would choose Will Smith to play him in a film of his life

Marks out of 10 – (6.0)

Next Up Gervinho

@harlowgooner.

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