MX23RW : Wednesday, June 16 14:07:54| >> :120:15516:15516:

Theo Walcott seals Southampton return on loan from Everton

Theo Walcott seals his return to Southampton on a season-long loan deal from Everton, almost 15 years after initially leaving the Saints.

Theo Walcott has completed a return to Southampton on a season-long loan deal from Everton.

The 31-year-old had fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park following the summer arrival of James Rodriguez, featuring for just 12 minutes in their opening four games.

The winger has now left the current Premier League leaders to rejoin Southampton, where he came through the ranks before leaving for Arsenal at the age of 16 in 2006.

"I had a few opportunities from other clubs, but as soon as Southampton came in for me, it's part of me and has made me into the player I am. It's in my heart," Walcott told the club's official website.

"I will probably cry, I bet, when I first play, and it means so much. All the people that made it happen, I can't thank them enough. Honestly, I'm so pleased.

"I was seriously lost for words when Southampton came on the table, and for me it was such an easy decision. To get the chance to work with the manager as well and these young players that are coming through, I feel like I've made the right choice."

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl added: "There is a lot of history between this club and Theo, so I know how special this will be for him and for our supporters. But what is most important to me is that we have signed a player who can help our squad and give us another strong option in our attack.

"Theo is someone who has all the qualities to fit well into our team and our style of play, and I know from speaking to him that he understands what we want and that he is excited to be a part of what we are doing here.

"His experience and influence will also be important for our young players. The idea is not to block their development, but for this to make it faster. From this professional they can learn and grow as players for the future of our club."

Walcott scored five goals in 23 appearances during his first spell for Southampton.

ID:417417: cacheID:417417:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:3478:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Everton's Theo Walcott pictured in September 2020
Read Next:
Southampton in talks to re-sign Theo Walcott from Everton?
>

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
 
5pm
Thursday, June 17, 2021
 
5pm
Friday, June 18, 2021
 
2pm
Saturday, June 19, 2021
 
2pm
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!