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Watch: Ferdinand, Jenas & Hoddle On Theo Walcott’s Failure To Deliver On His Potential

Theo Walcott is leaving Arsenal after twelve years with the club, having signed from Southampton in 2006.

The England international will join Everton for a transfer fee in the region of £20 million.

Walcott has ultimately failed to live up to the hype the potential he had as a youngster bursting on to the scene at Southampton had earned him.

LONDON - JANUARY 20: Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger and new signing Theo Walcott, 16, pose for the media at the Arsenal training ground on January 20, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Brought to the World Cup with England in 2006 at just 16 years of age, he had all the promise in the world of going straight to the top of the game, however, his game never truly evolved and developed into what it might have.

Why so?

The BT Sport punditry team consisting of Rio Ferdinand, Jermaine Jenas and Glenn Hoddle discussed the subject on Monday night.

Ferdinand raises some valid points on why Walcott never developed into a consistently top-class player at Arsenal with Hoddle and Jenas in accordance.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24: Theo Walcott of Arsenal reacts to a missed opportunity during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The consensus of the panel was that bursting on to the scene at such a young age was counterproductive for Walcott. It meant that he never truly got the training and coaching he needed to evolve as an all-round player for the Gunners.

That, combined with the fact he struggled to nail down a set position, falling between the two ideas of being a striker and a winger all made for Walcott’s downfall.

He will be hoping under Sam Allardyce on Merseyside things will be different, as will the Goodison Park faithful.

Check out the discussion in the clip below:

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.