Allardyce Backs Walcott To Provide 'Great Firepower'

Sam Allardyce says Theo Walcott will add “a very important ingredient” and “great firepower” to his Everton squad.

England international Walcott penned a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Blues on Wednesday, having scored 108 goals in 396 games for former club Arsenal.

The 28-year-old also netted 19 goals in 2016/17, making him the third highest English scorer in all competitions.

And two weeks after signing striker Cenk Tosun from Beskitas, Allardyce is confident Walcott will provide another attacking dimension to his team.

“His goals (tally) is exceptionally good for a player from a wide position,” said the Everton manager during a press conference on Friday.

“For us that’s a very important ingredient where we have been short in terms of creating and scoring goals. He adds great firepower to our squad.

“(His) key performance indicators are very good, the experience of the Premier League – he’s seen it all. Hopefully he settles very quickly and he enjoys his time here. We’re here to support him, all the staff, too, to help him achieve him as much as he can.

“Adding goals and creativity is obviously very important, not forgetting we all have to defend when we lose the ball as well as create when we’ve got it.”


Walcott is in line to make his Blues debut on Saturday when West Bromwich Albion visit Goodison, a match that will mark 1,000 competitive games in management for Allardyce.

The Toffees boss confirmed defender Michael Keane is available again after recovering from a toe injury which has kept him sidelined since New Year’s Day, while Seamus Coleman continues to train with the first-team squad.

Allardyce admitted it was “a great honour” to be hitting four figures in the dugout – but is not expecting an easy ride from the 19th-placed Baggies, who grabbed their first win under boss Alan Pardew last weekend in a 2-0 triumph against Brighton.

“I expect a very tough match,” added Allardyce. “West Brom have been performing far greater than results suggest. When we went down there a few weeks ago it was a really tough match and one we had to dig out for a 0-0."

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