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GW25 Ones to watch: Theo Walcott

The Scout 28 Jan 2018
Everton v West Bromwich Albion - Theo Walcott

Everton signing from Arsenal can revive 2016/17 form to deliver points for FPL managers, says The Scout

The Scout is selecting five players to target ahead of Gameweek 25 in Fantasy Premier League.

Theo Walcott (EVE) £7.1m

Walcott's switch from Arsenal to Everton can give Fantasy managers yet another powerful midfield option.

He played just 63 minutes for Arsenal this season before his move, but his 10 goals and three assists from just 23 starts in 2016/17 are a reminder of his potential in FPL.

With regular starts assured under Sam Allardyce, Walcott can thrive to provide outstanding value.

Shooting star

He is a provider of chances but has always offered his own direct goal threat.

In 2016/17, he averaged a shot every 31 minutes, with an attempt every 30.5 minutes in the previous campaign.

These numbers rank him alongside the shooting stats this season of more expensive Fantasy options.

Raheem Sterling (£8.9m) has had a shot every 30.3 minutes, while Eden Hazard (£10.6m) has done so every 30.6 minutes.

Instant impact

Walcott will bid to add firepower to an ailing Everton attack that has just two goals from their last six matches.

He already delivered on his debut. Walcott was given 90 minutes and earned the assist for Oumar Niasse's (£4.7m) equaliser in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion in Gameweek 24.

Foxes hope?

In Gameweek 25, Everton face a Leicester City side who arrive at Goodison Park on the back of three consecutive clean sheets.

But away from home, they have had just two shutouts in 12 matches. Only Stoke City have fewer.

After Wednesday, Walcott will next face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium but then comes a kinder run of matches.

Kind run of fixtures

Four of Everton’s five opponents from Gameweek 27 score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Everton's next seven Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR GW Oppo FDR
25 LEI (H) 3 29 BUR (A) 3
26 ARS (A) 4 30 BHA (H) 2
27 CRY (H) 2 31 STK (A) 2
28 WAT (A) 2      

That schedule could deliver Walcott as a Fantasy option.

Those willing to move now could profit early from a proven source of goals found in just 1.2% of squads.

Also in this series 

Part 1: GW25 Ones to watch: Jack Butland
Part 2: GW25 Ones to watch: Virgil van Dijk
Part 3: GW25 Ones to watch: Johann Berg Gudmundsson 
Part 5: GW25 Ones to watch: Nacho Monreal

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