Walcott returns to Southampton on season-long loan

Date published: Monday 5th October 2020 10:41 - Joe Williams

Theo Walcott Everton

Theo Walcott has completed a season-long loan move back to first club Southampton from Everton, the Saints have announced.

The 31-year-old England international, who made his senior debut for the south-coast club as a 16-year-old, has returned almost 15 years after his departure.

A club statement said: “Southampton Football Club is proud to announce that Theo Walcott, one of the most celebrated academy graduates in its history, has returned to St Mary’s.”

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Walcott, who spent 12 years at Arsenal before heading for Everton in a £20million move in January 2018, has found himself a peripheral figure at Goodison Park under manager Carlo Ancelotti.

He said: “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.

“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.”


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