'More To Come' Vows Walcott After Debut Assist

Theo Walcott vowed there is more to come from him after he grabbed an assist on his Everton debut, admitting walking out at Goodison Park for the first time as a Blue gave him “chills”. 

The forward, 28, marked his first appearance for the Club by nodding the ball across goal for substitute Oumar Niasse to rescue a point against West Bromwich Albion midway through the second half. 

That cancelled out Jay Rodriguez’s early opener and, while disappointed not to celebrate his Toffees bow with a victory, Walcott was pleased by the way he was able to make an impact having only had one pre-match training session with his new colleagues. 

“I got chills walking on Goodison for the first time, it was a great atmosphere,” he said. 

“This week’s been 100 miles per hour. I wanted to get to know the guys pretty quickly, I’ve only had one training session, that’s my first full 90 this season, and I felt good. 

“Obviously there’s going to be a lot of improvement and the guys will get to learn how I play. 

“But [getting an assist] is a positive way to start my Everton career and hopefully I can continue to contribute.”

Looking to end a run of six games without a victory, Everton suffered an early blow when Rodriguez slotted past Jordan Pickford seven minutes in.

Walcott admitted it took the Toffees time to recover from that setback but seized encouragement from an improved second-half display.

“The Premier League’s a results game and I’m unselfish - I’d rather have a bad game and the team wins. That’s the way I am," he said.

“In the first half we found it tough but I feel like in the second half there was a big improvement.

“We got higher up the field and that’s what we needed to do - we needed to get higher up the field and push more bodies forward.

“We got a result, which is positive, but obviously we want more - me and the team.”

The visit of Alan Pardew's side was overshadowed by a serious injury to James McCarthy on 61 minutes.

The Republic of Ireland international suffered a suspected double leg fracture in a challenge with Salomón Rondón and Walcott echoed the sentiments of manager Sam Allardyce that the thoughts of everyone at the Club are with the midfielder.

“It’s a terrible injury,” he added. “He always works hard, he’s a fighter and we need to get behind him.

“With the support of the Club, his family around him and the players, we’re going to be there for him without a doubt.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t get the result for him especially, but he’s a soldier and hopefully he can get back as soon as possible.”

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