On October 6, the Premier League Southampton officially announced an agreement with Everton. Theo-Walcott joined the Saints on loan for one year, of which Toffee bears half of the salary.
After 14 years, the former England genius "little tiger" Walcott has finally returned to the place where he became famous, the place where his professional football career began in 15 years.
Speaking of Southampton, I believe that fans who are familiar with the English Football League have heard of it. Excellent youth training level, endless young stars, and strong player processing ability.
"God" Letisel, Premier League history's first striker Alan Shearer, and Gareth Bale, who is now back in the Premier League, are all from Southampton. Walcott is no exception. After being with the Swindon youth team, he came to the Southampton youth team and became famous in European football from this football club known for cultivating young players.
英超联赛历史上第一位前锋艾伦·希勒（Alan Shearer）的“上帝”莱蒂瑟尔（Lesselel）和现在重返英超联赛的加雷斯·贝尔（Gareth Bale）都来自南安普敦。沃尔科特也不例外。加入斯温顿青年队后，他加入了南安普敦青年队，并从这个以培养年轻球员而闻名的足球俱乐部而闻名欧洲。
In August 2005, Theo Walcott, who was only 16 years old and 143 days old, made his debut on behalf of the Southampton first team. In the 05-06 season of the British Championship, the young England striker turned from a substitute to a major player in his first career season. He played 21 league games as a starter and successfully scored 4 goals.
Walcott's name has been famous in England since the beginning of this season, and the major Premier League giants have focused on this native genius who was born.
In January 2006, Arsenal successfully grabbed the young star and officially announced the introduction of Southampton teenager Walcott with a transfer fee of 5 million pounds. The fee may reach 12 million pounds depending on the number of appearances.
After coming to the team, Walcott was immediately regarded as an important member of the Gunners. In February, he was included in the team's Champions League squad and went with the team to the Bernabéu Stadium and other places to accumulate experience.
In just half a year, Walcott has been on the bench from the English Championship team and has become an incredible superstar in English football.
In a flash, Walcott played for Arsenal for 12 years, from a young teenager to a "little tiger", leaving the pinnacle of his career to the Gunners.
In the 08-09 season, Walcott played in 35 games in all competitions and scored 6 goals and 5 assists in 27 starts. In the 09-10 season, he scored 4 goals and 4 assists in 15 starts in 30 games.
In the 10-11 season, the 21-year-old Walcott scored 13 goals and 9 assists, and began to show his extremely talented offensive strength, that sharp penalty area threat and speed enough to lead the Premier League. "Little Tiger" can pass to himself in 3 seconds to perform a wing forcibly overtaking, and he can also dribble the ball and score a goal after several people. Wearing the No.14, he makes people see Henry's shadow.
In the 11-12 season, Walcott played 46 games in all competitions, harvested 11 goals and 12 assists, still continuing his good personal form.
In January 2012, Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal briefly. When the 34-year-old saw the young man wearing the No. 14 jersey, he saw himself at the age of 23.
In the 12-13 season, Walcott ushered in the peak of his career, 31 starts in 43 games in all competitions, and successfully scored an amazing 21 goals and 11 assists.
The 16-17 season was when the "little tiger" scored the second most in his career. He made 29 starts in 37 games in all competitions and scored 19 goals and 2 assists.
In January 2018, Everton signed Walcott with a transfer fee of 22.5 million euros. After joining for 12 years, "Little Tiger" finally bid farewell to Arsenal. What is left are 108 goals and 78 assists in 397 games, 3 FA Cup champions, 3 Community Shield champions, 5 Emirates Cup champions and 1 Premier League Asian Cup champion.
In his 12-year Arsenal career, injuries have become a label for Walcott. From various minor injuries at the beginning to an anterior cruciate ligament injury of the knee in 2014, he was absent for 9 months. The injuries repeatedly interrupted the "little tiger" His club career has improved.
In addition to injuries, Walcott has not been able to represent the England national team in the World Cup, which is a great regret in his football career.
In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the then England coach Eriksson selected 17-year-old Walcott into the squad, but ultimately missed the game. In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, due to the large number of team members, the head coach Capello finally made an unexpected decision. The 21-year-old "little tiger" was placed on the list. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the 25-year-old Walcott had been out of the game for at least 9 months due to a knee joint injury, and declared early that he missed the World Cup stage.
After years of injuries and illnesses, the 31-year-old Walcott has lost the tiger-like sharpness and wildness of the past. When Everton has Ronaldo and many other stars joining the team, it is difficult for the "little tiger" to have any more. Enough opportunity to play.
At this time, Walcott, who had walked out of Southampton, decided to return and came back to the starting point of his 15-year professional football career after 14 years.
Going back to where the football dream started is undoubtedly a correct decision for Walcott, who is over thirty.
"In the first game I thought I should cry, which means too much to me. When it comes to Southampton, many memories come to my mind. There are too many things to say, I think it’s for me To say that returning to this team was an easy decision."
For the past 15 years, Walcott is a player who cannot be ignored in English football. He has not only become an experiencer of football history, but also a part of it.
This time he returned to Southampton, the place of fame. Can Walcott, the 31-year-old "little tiger", be able to reproduce his excellent performance in the past?