Theo Walcott recently joked about leaving Everton, dismissing speculation as “just rumours” and revealing he’s only going on holiday this summer not joining a new club. The 30-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Merseysiders due to his inconsistent form and advancing age, but Everton may have a big problem if they want to offload him.
Finding a suitor for Walcott could prove difficult this summer. The England international cost Everton £20m last year and agreed a £5.2m-a-year/£100k-per-week, but his valuation is likely to drop after a disappointing 18 months at Goodison Park. Walcott has started only two league games in the last three months. It’s hard to see another club shelling out more than £25m to lure him away from Everton as a result, so the Blues may be stuck with him.
Walcott has scored six goals and made two assists in 40 games in all competitions this season, contributing only two goals since the turn of the year. He has two years remaining on his deal and may stay for the entirety of his contract unless Everton are willing to take a hit. Everton paid a lot of money for the winger and had big expectations upon his arrival in 2018, but now they could be stuck with one of the highest-earners who doesn’t command a starting place.