Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers seems to understand the importance of pace in the modern game and his team is, accordingly, liberally sprinkled with it.
But with Raheem Sterling yet to sign a new contract with the club, and the inevitable, unsettling rumours swirling as a consequence, latest reports have linked Liverpool with a move for Theo Walcott. The Express reckons:
Liverpool consider SHOCK Theo Walcott swoop with Raheem Sterling contract talks stalling
In his weekly press conference, Brendan Rodgers said of Sterling:
“It has been made clear by Raheem’s representative he wants to concentrate on his football and see what can be resolved in the summer,” said Rodgers.
Theo Walcott finds himself in a strange situation at Arsenal. He was favoured by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for years, even though he lacked a final ball to go with his devastating pace. But, the season before he got injured, he finally looked to be maturing into the finished article. He was as quick as ever but seemed to be using his head more, and it was paying great dividends.
But since his return from injury at the back end of last year he has been used very sparingly and there is a sense that Wenger won’t pay silly money to renew his contract again.
This could turn out to be Liverpool’s gain, regardless of the Sterling situation. We feel that, even if Rodgers ties Sterling down to a new deal he would be keen on adding a player like Walcott. He can play on either flank or through the middle. And he always scores goals. So it could be a real coup for Rodgers and Liverpool.
Let’s see Walcott in a action. Liverpool fans: could Sterling and Walcott work in tandem?