Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

£20m Walcott looks to brighter future after Arsenal night-time exit

£20m Walcott looks to brighter future after Arsenal night-time exit

After announcing the £20million signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal, the Blues will be hoping that the England global adds an immediate impact in the final third.

The Toffees completed the signing of the 28-year-old Walcott on Wednesday in a deal which could be worth up to £20 million.

West Bromwich Albion are now languishing in 19th position in the Premier League table with last weekend's win being their first in some time. In what has become an alarmingly common sight for Everton fans this season, The Toffees visibly lost their confidence mid-game on their way towards a humbling defeat.

But with the arrival of Walcott, combined with the return to fitness of Yannick Bolasie and the presence of young talents Ademola Lookman and Nikola Vlasic has led to Lennon's departure, with Allardyce now keen to trim a bloated squad that is overloaded in some areas but rather scarce in other, particularly left-back, where a number of players are being targeted. While West Brom remain at the heart of a relegation battle, the Baggies have remained defensively strong and without conceding in their last two games, Pardew's side will fancy their chances of maintaining their record.

"But I am an Everton player now and my main concern is being here, and performing well". From Salomón Rondón who looked menacing in attack with the aid of more players closer to him, through to Gareth Barry's masterful control of the game and Ben Foster in goal who kept a fifth clean sheet in ten games.

Despite Everton's lengthy injury list being reduced, Allardyce still has a reduced choice in defence with Leighton Baines (calf) Michael Keane (foot) Funes Mori (knee) and Seamus Coleman (leg) all still unavailable.

He scored nine goals in 77 appearances for Everton, who have also sold Ross Barkley to Chelsea and allowed Kevin Mirallas to leave for Olympiacos this month.

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"After speaking to the gaffer and particularly Wayne (Rooney) as well, I felt the club was on the up with a manager who seems to get the best out of players".

On whether Everton must sell before they can buy, Allardyce added: "Difficult to say where wage bill lies without speaking to finance director". They've just been trashed by Tottenham and their manager says they need to be "more boring".

'Our supporters can be assured that it will be much better this weekend'.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce admits there was a point when he thought he would never reach 1,000 matches in management.

'There was a club that was interested in me but I do not want to name them.

Allardyce has not yet finished his transfer business in this window, but admits he will have to cut the wage bill if he is to sign the left-back he needs.

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