Walcott Scouted By Juventus – But Why Would They Want Him?!

By on October 11, 2011

I paid a visit to the home of football on Saturday; Wembley Stadium. Of course, en route to the England football teams historic home ground, lengthy discussion took place between me and my Arsenal supporting brother about football, and having just witnessed an interesting draw against Montenegro in Euro qualifying, there was plenty to talk about. However, the subject soon turned to Theo Walcott.

I have nothing against him as a person; he seems a very polite, friendly guy – I just find him useless on the football field, both for Arsenal and England. He shows glimpses of quality, such as the odd goal here and there, and perhaps on the rare occasion in which he gets around his man out-wide, he may deliver a decent cross, but it doesn’t happen enough to be in any way effective. The biggest shock for me in the game between England and Montenegro on Friday was not that England lost a two goal lead, not that Rooney was sent off, but that Theo Walcott delivered a good cross for Ashley Young to head home for the first goal.

Cherish that moment, because it won’t be happening for a while. You can imagine my shock when I returned home to read that Juventus, the Italian footballing giants, had a top scout in the crowd on Friday, specifically to watch and take notes on Walcott as his Arsenal future lies in doubt. Apparently, Juventus will make a move for Walcott if he makes noises over his future at Arsenal during possible upcoming negotiations to extend his contract which currently expires in 2013.

I just don’t understand it. When I see Walcott, I see pace. That is all. When you consider that the typical requirements for a modern day winger include: technical skill to beat a full-back in a one-on-one situations, pace to beat the full-back one-on-one, crossing ability when out wide, good off-the-ball ability when reading a pass from the midfield or from fellow attackers and good passing ability and composure to retain possession while in opposition territory, Walcott ticks few of those boxes.

He has pace in abundance, but there is a distinct lack of technical skill, crossing ability, vision, ball retention or ability to take on the full-back. He also has an issue with tracking back to help out his own full-backs, and at Arsenal, the defenders need all the help they can get. At 22 years of age, Walcott has plenty of time to improve, with his game still very immature, but it would be fantastic to see Walcott as the finished article – he would be incredibly dangerous, and create brilliant chances for every one of his team mates.

Perhaps he should start with the crossing ability. The chip cross, the in-swinging cross, out-swinging cross or perhaps even the low cross – as long as he can find a target inside the box rather than on the other side of the pitch in a fans’ arms – it would be an improvement.

Going back to my trip to Wembley, and displayed proudly in Wembley Stadium’s tour entrance is the very crossbar which Geoff Hurst’s swivelled shot shuddered dramatically in England’s victorious 1966 World Cup final against West Germany. The ball bounced down onto the goal-line and was cleared, but a goal was awarded to England. What was once a glistening white pole on a Wembley pitch, is now an historic artefact slowly eroding over time, looking every bit its 45 years of age.

However, how did Hurst receive the ball in the box to begin with? A cross of course! Alan Ball wrapped his boot around that ball and found Hurst in the box who went on to score probably the most controversial goal in footballing history. Who knows – perhaps in the 2014 World Cup final, Theo Walcott will finally deliver that long awaited, precise cross into the box, for Wayne Rooney (presuming he isn’t suspended for a previous red card) to smash fiercely into the back of the net and then lift the World Cup for the second time. Don’t laugh.

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9 Comments

  1. morash

    October 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    hahaha…i really laughed with your last words….hahhhhhaaaa…and i agree with your point towards walcot improvement

  2. B

    October 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Sigh!! yet another lazy Theo Walcott article. Look I accept the guy needs to improve but ask RVP if Theo can cross the ball, he pretty much sets up half of RVP’s goals.

    As a wide player he scored 13goals in 38apps last season about 1 in 3. Despite he’s flaws the guys way more consistant than other wide players at his age.

    By the way in his last away game for England against Bulgaria this happened…from FA.COM

    “Downing then started and finished a move that only the width of the post could prevent the Liverpool midfielder scoring his first goal for his country and putting England four clear of Bulgaria. Downing evaded Milanov and picked out Walcott on the right wing, the Arsenal forward lofted a superb cross that Downing headed back across goal only to strike the post”.

    I suggest you pay closer attention.

  3. Mark

    October 11, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    This article sounds as if it were written about two years ago, be honest, have you actually made any effort to watch him play lately?

  4. Mark

    October 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    and have you noticed that Juventus aren’t exactly giants of European football and haven’t been for around five years?

  5. The Don

    October 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    some people need a wake up call

    stop expecting the boy to be banging in goals week in week out.

    i dont think people realise what an importan player he is for the club.

    when he plays he gets marked by 2-3 diffenders thats happnes up space for v perise.

    walcott is always and out let on the wing his always open.

    his gotten a few goals and assist so far his getting better and better

    look at other wingers in the pl they aint doing any better.

    people need to watch walcott play this days not go on by what the read on blogs and the media who lets be honest love to hate on arsenal

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  7. majaa

    October 12, 2011 at 2:56 am

    To the author: Just stop blogging about Arsenal. Actually, just stop blogging. Do something else.

  8. Deano

    October 12, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Walcott? Just another average Arsenal player on a very average/poor Arsenal team.

  9. Hez

    October 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Alas, the armchair pundit allows his divine words to reach our ears on the subject of Walcott. Boring!!

    Wenger, Capello both know nothing in the grand scheme of football hence why walcott consistently gets picked.

    This is one of the most overdone and irrelevant player analysis that is done in football in england. As if willing the boy to fail. Its so boring!

    He plays for arsenal and england and probably will for another decade. Get over it!!

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