Jamie Redknapp's Weekend Watch: Theo Walcott needs more than pace

08 March 2010 10:24

Theo Walcott's a very easy target, but I maintain that he will become a top footballer. He still needs more variation to his wing play. When faced with a full back who can match him for speed, he's often too easy to mark. He needs to mix it up: come short, check, go inside, play one-twos and have more tricks. Pace alone is not enough. He played well against Burnley.

Speed demon: Theo Walcott

MIGHTY AVRAMGood work, Avram Grant. He has proved to be a top manager in impossible circumstances at Portsmouth. Not only has he maintained his dignity, but back-to-back wins (Burnley in the League and now Birmingham in the FA Cup) have shown his tactical nous. He might have been a Champions League winner. Now he could win the FA Cup.

WILSON WONDERThe do-gooders seem to want to end tackling in football, but I'm pleased to see that aggressive players like Wilson Palacios can still make a major impact on a game. Palacios was absolutely magnificent for Spurs at Fulham, he lovesto get his foot in and, although he has collected nine bookings this season, he shows that tackling is still an art form.

Battler: Wilson Palacios

IT'S PAUL GOALSPaul Scholes is up there with the best I ever played with, or against. He'd always leave his mark on me in matches between Manchester United and Liverpool and, in England training, he could smash you with a tackle, or beat you for skill and could always finish well. He'd get more credit if it wasn't for the longevity of Ryan Giggs.

MAGIC CAREWA ferocious display from a rampaging John Carew and I wonder if Martin O'Neill regrets leaving him on the bench in the Carling Cup final last weekend. The towering Norwegian (above) is more of a handful than Emile Heskey, scores more goals and can bully centre halves. Anyone who watched Villa's comeback at Reading can't question the magic of the FA Cup.

Hat-trick hero: John Carew

ARTETA THE ARTISTNobody wants to play Everton at the moment. They smashed five past Hull yesterday, with Landon Donovan an impressive loan signing among the goals. Another name back on the scoresheet was Mikel Arteta (above), their clever Spanish playmaker who has missed so much of this season. It's good to see him back and they're finishing strongly.

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