As soon as Theo Walcott first broke onto the scene with Southampton several seasons ago, much was subsequently expected of the pacey wide-man who seemed to possess a range of attacking skills worthy of troubling even the most well-versed defences out there.
Since the now 27-year-old front-man initially made his big money move to North London and looked to implement himself firmly within the Three Lions national squad however, the following years have sadly failed to take off for Walcott as successfully as some had first expected. Via an unlucky combination of frustratingly timed injuries, competition for places down at the Emirates and a little good old fashioned poor form to boot – this is one player who has seemingly been unable to fulfil his so-called potential for several consecutive league campaigns now.
Yet after notching five well taken goals in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s determined Gunners outfit so far this season, perhaps Theo Walcott is finally beginning to deliver in front of the ever patient Emirates faithful. So then, will 2016/17 act as a major turning point within the front-man’s career, or will the former Southampton youngster simply serve to falter once more in the not too distant future?
Delighted to see Theo Walcott starting for England .. the boy's in cracking form and can easily become England's best player ..
— Mike Parry (@mikeparry8) October 8, 2016
I feel it's just a matter of time Lucas Perez replaces Walcott in the team. He's been good this season; but does go missing at times.
— ???? (@punkrockshake) October 10, 2016
Well, although consistency has never admittedly proven Theo Walcott’s most reliable trait in recent seasons, maybe the striker does indeed have what it takes to register a successful league campaign down at the Emirates this term. Lord knows it’s about time…
On his day, it really isn’t all that outlandish to label Walcott as something of an unplayable asset. When it comes to making dangerously direct runs inside the final third, scaring opposing defenders with sheer pace and quick feet alone – as well as scoring the odd well-taken finish when the situation calls for it – the 27-year-old attacker certainly knows how to get the job done.
It’s just that Theo Walcott doesn’t always produce the goods as readily as you’d perhaps expect of such a player on a week-in-week-out basis. Had the England international been offered his chance to thrive at another club and under another top-flight manager, perhaps things could have turned out a little differently.
But after putting in a string of impressive performances for Arsenal so far this season, it seems as if Walcott could eventually begin fulfilling his true potential as one of the most dangerous strikers in the entire league. If he can keep fit, whilst maintaining a strong footballing relationship alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud inside the final third for the Gunners this term, there really is no telling just how much Walcott can achieve in Arsenal colours.
Will 2016/17 finally prove the quick-footed front-man’s year then? We shall have to wait and see. Yet if his current form among the English top-flight is to prove something to go by for the remainder of the current season, then who knows? Maybe it’s time for Walcott to shine after all…