While speaking after he completed a move from Arsenal to Everton on Wednesday in a deal reportedly worth £20 million, 28-year-old England international, Theo Walcott, revealed the key role played by one of his erstwhile national teammate, Wayne Rooney.
The forward said after his signing that his decision was influenced partly by the feedbacks he got from Rooney.
“I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton,” Walcott told evertontv.
“He told me it was a great place to play football and a club that is on the up. Those are the reasons I came here.
“This is a club with great history. The fans are brilliant, they are always passionate … and I used to find it very tough playing here. You want to be part of something and Wayne feels Everton are really going to improve.”
Walcott scored 19 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season, but he struggled for game time this campaign, but the 47-time England international believes he can recapture his best form at Everton.
“I was very proud of what I did last season – scoring 19 goals,” Walcott said. “I want to bring that [scoring form] to Everton Football Club. I want to be part of the attacking force that is here.”