13 Jan 2018 12:35:51
Hi again ed001

Another discussion point (I've had a bit of time off recently and this site is very engaging) .

Not strictly related to Liverpool but I want to talk about Walcott. In my opinion, he has never thrived because Wenger seems to be the type of manager who wants his players to figure it out for themselves. I remember you saying that this is his preference for how players react on the field, and it seems to be that way on the training paddock too.

I can't help but feel that Walcott is the kind of players, like Ox, who needs a Klopp or Guardiola-type manager to thrive. These managers are also coaches who actively try to coach their players into improvement.

Hypothetically, do you think that if Walcott went to play under Klopp a few years ago, he'd be a better player?

{Ed001's Note - yes, but he still would not be good enough because he is technically not good enough. He has never been outstanding in any area of the game other than pace. In fact more than one scout at Arsenal that looked at him said he should be forgotten about. One also told Arsene to buy Bale instead as he was twice the player but Wenger ignored the advice about Walcott anyway. Walcott is a very limited player.}

1.) 13 Jan 2018
13 Jan 2018 12:55:12
That's interesting to know. You're right about his technical ability but he is still not playing to his upmost potential.

It's rather odd that someone like Wenger could make such a bad misjudgment, considering that his style of play is very technical.

{Ed001's Note - I think he believed he could teach him technique but you can't teach pace.}

2.) 13 Jan 2018
13 Jan 2018 13:00:45
Ed001 I agree 100% technically poor. Will suit Everton perfectly.

3.) 13 Jan 2018
13 Jan 2018 14:59:34
Walcott has been finished for 4 seasons now and that will not change. Ed, I also remember reading an article on French media, about how said scout went to watch Saints play to scout Walcott and he came back and said like you did, forget Walcott. You need the guy on the other side named Gareth Bale.