Theo Walcott is hoping to make his Everton debut against West Brom on Saturday – so he can experience having the Goodison Park crowd behind him.
The Blues’ new forward has run out at the Grand Old Lady on numerous occasions during his 12-year spell at former club Arsenal, and admits he has always found it a tough place to come.
So he is delighted to now be able to enjoy that backing as an Everton player, having made the switch from the Gunners on Wednesday.
“I’m looking forward to having the fans on my side!” he told evertonfc.com
. “Goodison is a tough place to come and play football. The fans are with the team, they are passionate and want you to win. They want you to work hard, and they seem to get that energy into the players.
“I think that is going to be brilliant for me. This is an exceptional place to play football and the traditions are great.
“My main priority is working hard and [impressing] in training. We have West Brom on Saturday and I am hoping to be involved in that.”
While he knows the likes of Wayne Rooney – who helped convince him to join the Toffees
– and Phil Jagielka from their time together with England, Walcott is looking forward to getting to know the rest of his new teammates.
“I’m fit and ready to go,” he added. “With the first game being at Goodison Park, it will be special. I want to be in Everton blue straight away and work hard for this football club and hopefully good things will come from that.
“It’s a massive game and I’m really looking forward to stepping out on that field.
“It will be a change after being at Arsenal for so long – nearly 12 years to the day – so it will be pretty emotional, I’m sure.”