Everton Boss Marco Silva Heaps Praise on Super-Sub Theo Walcott After EFL Cup Win Over Watford

30 October 2019 04:02

Marco Silva was left very impressed by substitute Theo Walcott's performance, as the winger's introduction played a huge role in Everton's EFL Cup success over Watford on Tuesday night. 

Walcott was brought on at half-time with the scores level at 0-0, and the 30-year-old put in a stellar display, helping the hosts see off the Hornets with two late goals, to book their place in the quarter-final of the competition.

Theo Walcott,Craig Cathcart

The ex-Arsenal man provided the assist for Everton's opening goal which was headed home by Mason Holgate, and as reported by ​the Daily Mail, Silva was delighted with his super-sub's 'big impact'. 

"Theo made a big impact again," he said. "The change we made at half-time had a big impact on our second half. We found the spaces more easily than in the first half because we started faster our build-up. Theo was always a really important player for me, even if sometimes he was not playing, not starting, and he knows that.

"He had the chance against ​West Ham because he showed me he deserved it and the performance he made was really good.

Arthur Masuaku,Theo Walcott

"[Against ​Watford] he did a very good second half, was really important. He is in a good moment and for sure he will help us in the next games as well."

Walcott had started three of the Toffees' previous four matches, and has been a bright spark during a difficult period for the Goodison Park faithful. 

Everton have made a poor start to the new ​Premier League season, and were languishing in the relegation zone after eight games. However, a well-earned victory over West Ham lifted Everton up the table, but a last-gasp defeat to ​Brighton has left Silva's men with only ten points from their opening ten matches. 

The Merseyside club host ​Tottenham Hotspur next week before a crucial trip to Saint Mary's, where the Toffees will face fellow strugglers Southampton, with both teams intent on lift themselves away from relegation danger. 

Source: 90min