Walcott: Sam Will Bring The Best Out Of Me

Theo Walcott revealed the chance to work under Sam Allardyce again was a key factor in him joining Everton.

The duo worked together for a brief spell in the England setup, with Allardyce calling up the forward to his Three Lions squad for a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in September 2016.

Walcott admitted that experience left its mark on him, making his decision even easier to end his 12-year stay at Arsenal and pen a three-and-a-half year deal with the Toffees.

And the forward insists the Blues boss can get the best of him on the pitch as he embarks on a new chapter in his career.

“I had a brief spell with him with England and I wanted more of that,” said the 28-year-old. “I wanted to be part of his plans.


"The manager seems to get the best out of players and I really enjoyed that previous spell under him. He has shown a lot of belief in me by bringing me in and that made my decision very easy for me to come here.

“Being 28, I feel as fit as I have ever done and I just want to play football and help this club be where I believe it can be. 

“I feel like this place will get even more out of me and I am just hungry to get going. I was stood watching training in full kit on Wednesday! I just wanted to be a part of it but everything hadn’t quite been signed off by that point. I trained on Thursday on my own and I will have my first session with the team on Friday. I can’t wait to get started.”


Walcott could be in line to make his Toffees debut at Goodison Park against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, a game that also marks Allardyce reaching 1000 competitive matches as a manager.

The Blues boss has been recognised by the League Managers Association and Walcott hopes Everton can mark the occasion by returning to winning ways against the Baggies.

“It is a great achievement, obviously,” he added. “To be part of hopefully a winning team to mark that achievement would be something special.

“It will be a tough job. We need to work hard, but with the support and passion around the Club, hopefully that can get into the players.

“With the likes of Cenk Tosun and I coming in, there will be a good reception and hopefully that just gives us the extra boost that we need.”

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