I used to think I was genetically superior to everyone around me… I never got ill. Then I started work in a London office and had to suffer the coughing and spluttering on the Underground. I have no super powers. God damn sick people and their unhygienic ways…
Anyway, let’s power into the football before North Korea nuc a massive global server base…
Theo Walcott has taken a pounding of late… it was always clear that if he signed a new contract, he’d go down the sh*tter. Wenger doesn’t believe the two are linked.
“I don’t think that is linked, especially with the fact that he has signed a contract or not. Because you can say as well he is more secure, he can express himself.
“I don’t see any difference in attitude in training. He is a guy who loves football, who stays after training, works on his finishing.
“He was just a bit less decisive. He needs that fraction of a second to make the difference. He needs his pace.
Personally I don’t think they’re linked. I don’t think Theo Walcott was short of cash before… that extra £20k in his pay packet a week probably isn’t going to send him into a world of money fatigue… well, not in the same way it’d destroy me anyway. However, I guess it is worth nothing that there have been studies in America that track player performance to the want of a new contract. Players in the last year of their deal generally stay fitter and perform better. Perhaps now Theo has achieved what he set out to do… he’s switched off mentally.
Either way, he needs to stop banging on about how he’s had an amazing season and he needs to find that fight and decisive edge that made him the greatest player on the planet. For me, the real issue with Theo is that he hasn’t yet mastered a position. Sometimes he’s good down the middle, sometimes he’s totally worthless (see Bayern Munich)… sometimes he’s super outwide, sometimes he spends the whole afternoon trying to drift in. I also think his size is a hindrance. The attraction with a player like Gareth Bale isn’t just his output at the moment… it’s his pure size and strength. You can play him anywhere and he’ll cause issues.
Theo has come on leaps and bounds this year, his control has improved, his finishing has largely been excellent and he’s added some different gears to his game. He’s still young, he just needs to work on his mental toughness. He needs to work out how to play against teams that set out to nullify him.
At least we know he’s capable now. If he’s not hitting the heights, it’s down to him. 18 goals and 13 assists is a pretty good return this season. He just needs to make himself count for a whole season.
That’s me done for the day… have a good one!