'I am not absolutely happy' - PL manager speaks out on future of Leeds-linked England int'l
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has spoken out about Theo Walcott’s future on Merseyside amid speculation linking the ex-Arsenal forward with a move to Leeds United.
Sky Sports have reported via their Transfer Centre [Monday, 11:59pm] that Walcott, 31, has been linked with Leeds by the British media amid a lack of game-time at Goodison Park.
Since the new season kicked off earlier this month, Walcott has failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League and was totally left out of Everton’s squad against West Brom and Crystal Palace.
Ancelotti has admitted that it’s not an ideal situation for the 47-times England international due to the competition for places in his squad at Goodison.
“I don’t think so. The problem is the competition is really high in this moment. Sometimes it can happen that a player, like Theo, is not involved,” said Ancelotti, as quoted on the Sky Sports transfer blog.
“Unfortunately, this is the decision I have to take and I am not absolutely happy to take this kind of decision, to leave out a player like Walcott. A player who is professional, serious in training and always ready.”
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It has been widely reported that Marcelo Bielsa wants to sign a new winger before the transfer window closes.
Walcott plays primarily on the right-wing, as well as a centre-forward, plus his vast experience of playing in the Premier League, in Europe and at international level is something that would be helpful in the Leeds United squad.
Walcott’s made 346 Premier League appearances in his career and no one at Elland Road can boast that kind of stat on their CV.
But Walcott’s form has dipped quite a bit in recent years and at the age of 31, he just doesn’t come across as the type of signing that Leeds are into making.
Bielsa and Victor Orta like to bring in younger players who are ready to fit into Bielsa’s system or ready to be moulded into someone who is perfect for the meticulous Leeds manager.
We just don’t see Walcott fitting that category at all.
In other Leeds United news, this Leeds-linked midfielder has agreed personal terms to join AC Milan.