Everton manager Marco Silva has acknowledged that Theo Walcott has been experiencing a dip in form, although he has no concerns regarding the Englishman’s ability to put things right.
Walcott has failed to bag a goal or an assist for the Toffees in the past 11 appearances, with his previous contribution being the opening strike in 6-2 humbling by Tottenham Hotspur in December.
Speaking to The Liverpool ECHO, Silva admitted that the former Arsenal man has gone through a rough phase with the Toffees, but he has still backed him to overturn the current run of form
“Of course [the last two games] have not been his best performances. Even he has this feeling,” he told The Echo. “Theo has had good moments, but in the last few games it’s not been so good.
“It’s part of the season. What I know and I am 100% sure about is that Theo works hard to do his best for the team in each match and will work tomorrow again to do his best.”
Walcott’s general play over the years has been associated with blistering pace, but he has often been criticised for his final ball, often flattering to deceive in the final third.
Everton make the trip to Tyneside for the weekend’s league meeting against Newcastle United, and they will be aiming to continue the good run after bagging four points from the past two games.
Walcott has regularly got the nod to start on the right wing of late, but Silva has a huge decision to make on the attacker’s involvement in the first XI, based on his average showings of late.