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Theo Walcott: Ex-Arsenal star has never managed to fulfil his potential but did his England World Cup call-up ruin his progress?

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Walcott turns 30 and while he has impressed sporadically throughout his career for both Arsenal and Everton he has never been consistent Everton star Theo Walcott is now 30-years-old but questions remain about his form and consistency despite bursting onto the scene aged 16.

A twelve season spell at Arsenal yielded two FA Cups but he has netted just 65 Premier League goals – around 5.4 per season.

Signed for around £20million, Walcott is not fulfilling expectations for someone who had joined for such a sum and it is perhaps the story of his career – plenty of potential but little end product.

“Most players don’t get to go to a World Cup – I’m the lucky one.

The scars from that World Cup call-up were not apparent at the time, but its repercussions have been felt years later.

A World Cup debut continued to elude him.

However, as Arsenal began to consistently underachieve, Walcott, to some, would embody that struggle.
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