Posted on Thursday, 31st May 2012 by Taaza
Theo Walcott has no doubt had his fair share of criticism thrown at him this season. Sometimes a little too much in my view. He’s frustrating to watch at times it must be said, and he also has a tendency of drifting away in some games, becoming almost non-existent, not to mention his decision-making is still poor despite some improvement. But when he’s up and about and playing at his best you’ll know he’s there.
I have to say I’m a fan of Walcott, and after reading what Stewart Robson recently said about the young Englishman I just had to jump to his defence, though I have said a few bad things about him myself. But Robson took it to a whole new level.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT earlier in the week, Robson said:
‘Theo Walcott is a ‘liability’ and should be sold by Arsenal this summer if he is asking for a wage increase.’
I disagree. Walcott isn’t a liability.
His contract expires this summer and I for one want him to stay.
But Robson insists it would be no great loss if Theo were to leave Arsenal.
The former Gunner went on to say:
‘It wouldn’t worry me if Theo Walcott were to leave tomorrow.
‘Theo Walcott, for me, is not a good footballer. He is an athlete who puts on a pair of football boots.
‘He is quick, he is fast, but when he was younger he should have been taught how to be better technically, how to find space, how to find awareness.
‘He has never done that and he is a liability when he is defending.
‘For Theo Walcott to want more money, I would let him go.’
I have to admit there is some truth to Robson’s claims. He may not have learned all he needed to when he was younger but he’s learning now. To be honest, he is improving and we can see it after every passing season.
I don’t know if I’m the only one who sees it but I think Walcott does track back well to cover when the opposition counters – on his good day of course.
I’m not sure how much more he wants for him to continue playing for us. I’m sure it’s not a ludicrous amount that isn’t reasonable for a player of his stature.
He has bags of potential in my opinion, and I’m sure we can all agree that if he wasn’t so inconsistent he could ask for whatever salary he wanted.
He may be ‘an athlete wearing football boots’, but if I’m not mistaken, isn’t the pace of a striker or winger the one thing opposition defenders hate the most? No one likes to come up against something they can’t catch.
I say give the lad a bit more time. He will be simply unstoppable once he gets his act together. He already has great pace, and with a bit more composure in front of goal, better decision-making and if he focuses more on his attacking side of his game, rather than the defensive, I bet Robson will be eating a large slice of humble pie in the future.
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