Rooney tempted me to move to Everton: Walcott

Erica Murray
January 21, 2018

Walcott is expected to be named on the right wing in Sam Allardyce's line-up for the visit of West Bromwich Albion and a positive beginning to his Everton career would be timely.

Should they be passed fit then West Brom will be missing just two players, with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and James Morrison (Achilles) sidelined.

West Bromwich Albion are now languishing in 19th position in the Premier League table with last weekend's win being their first in some time.

The signing of Theo Walcott goes some way to establishing a forward line that is far more balanced than previous teams sent out in Everton colours this season.

In the 58th minute, McCarthy's attempts to block a shot resulted in West Brom striker Rondon kicking his opponent's calf at full strength instead of the ball.

Despite Everton's lengthy injury list being reduced, Allardyce still has a reduced choice in defence with Leighton Baines (calf) Michael Keane (foot) Funes Mori (knee) and Seamus Coleman (leg) all still unavailable.

Theo Walcott is 15/2 to be the first goal scorer, the former Arsenal man is 7/2 to score anytime.

After a bad start to the season, Everton are ninth in the Premier League table. However, Everton have struggled lately, failing to win any of their last five games.

Everton are on a on a four-game losing streak, whereas Alan Pardew's West Brom side are on the up... two wins on the bounce for the Baggies.

Burnley made a strong start to the season but have faltered in recent weeks and are without a Premier League win in six games, their last triumph coming in the 1-0 victory over Stoke in December.

The 63-year-old - who may be best remembered for his 67-day spell in charge of England undone by ill-judged remarks to undercover journalists - has managed 11 clubs.

After joining Arsenal as a 16-year-old, he left on Wednesday at 28 after 399 appearances, 108 goals but without a Premier League start since April, when he appeared to definitively fall out of Arsène Wenger's first-team thinking.

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