Walcott is not a centre forward, says Waddle

Date published: Tuesday 27th October 2015 8:51 - Matthew Briggs

Theo Walcott: Criticised by Chris Waddle

Chris Waddle believes Theo Walcott’s movement is not good enough to be a central striker and says he has not improved sufficiently at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has used Walcott as a centre-forward along with Olivier Giroud this season and he has scored four times for the Gunners, while he has netted three times for England, but former England star Waddle says he is “not a natural goalscorer”.

“I don’t know if Theo is a natural goalscorer,” Waddle told the Daily Express. “He has got pace and anybody with pace is always going to cause problems, but his movement could be better.

“You look at players like Theo who have been at the club for a long time and wonder whether they have got better. Yes, they have got older and stronger. But there is still that final ball missing and I don’t think he has improved as much as you would want.

“It is alright having pace – it is knowing how to use it that counts. He makes one run and then he is out of the game.

“Alexis Sanchez and Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp went once and if that did not work they went again and again. They would know how to time their runs.

“Some people have an understanding of the game and if the penny hasn’t dropped now for Theo, you wonder if it’s something that comes more naturally. It’s just something you are or are not born with.”

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