Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has backed Theo Walcott to shine in a centre-forward role for club and country and claimed that the 26-year-old’s record speaks for itself, The Evening Standard reports.
Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been called up to the latest England squad with the influence of some of our players always present in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
Along with Kieran Gibbs, the trio are flying the flag for us and Oxlade-Chamberlain has sought to praise Walcott and highlighted his versatility as an asset for England.
“I think being selected as a striker is a credit to him as a player and his versatility,” Oxlade-Chamberlain was quoted as saying in the publication.
“He can easily drop back and play in midfield and he can play up front.
“His goalscoring record proves that he has always got goals in him.”
Walcott started up front against Newcastle United in our last Premier League game and was far from convincing in that role, just as he was for England in their friendly against Italy in March.
There seems to be an understanding that Walcott’s pace allows him to play as a central striker, but defensive units at the top level need more to trouble them than just sheer pace.
One can’t help but wonder that Walcott would be better suited to playing in a 4-4-2 alongside a powerful striker, but few teams adopt that system in modern football.