Theo Walcott has entered the last year of his contract once again, and we are looking to tie him down to a new deal (via the Metro).
It’s unclear exactly what the hold-up is, but it’s believed to be either down to money, or Walcott’s desire to play through the middle.
His recent comments suggest that it isn’t the latter, with Walcott claiming he’ll play anywhere along the front line.
“I’ll play anywhere, but it’s well documented where I want to play,” Walcott said, as quoted by the Mirror.
“Up front there is a lot of competition, but in the modern-day game the three up front tend to change around a lot.
“You see it with England, Barcelona and Real Madrid. We have that trust in each other. Everyone can do that role, so it’s not a problem. I’m always going to be judged on goals. I’ve been very happy with my goal record — when given the opportunity.”
The 26-year-old has been in fine goalscoring form lately, and has netted five goals in his last three games. He has shown he is comfortable playing up front or on the wing, and it would be a big blow if he were to leave the club after we’ve invested so much time and money in him.
The pacy Englishman is finally starting to realise his potential, and is really starting to look like the player he has always threatened to blossom into.
His comments suggest that the delay is perhaps more down to money than anything else, which is somewhat worrying. Hopefully the issue is resolved as soon as possible and we can focus on challenging for the Premier League title in 2015/16.