One star player each top club should sell or release this summer
Poor performances, high wages, and contract sagas are reasons enough to replace these players
With the season coming to an end in a couple of weeks, players will be heading into a much-needed summer break following a gruelling season. However, not all players will be allowed to relax as they sweat over their futures at their respective clubs.
It’s also a time for managers to introspect after the season and start planning for the future. While the futures of most stars on high wages are usually not up for debate because of their status at the club, there are a few players who will probably make managers think twice.
We look at the one major player top clubs in Europe must let go.
1) Arsenal: Theo Walcott
There was a time when Arsenal fans wondered when Theo Walcott would realise his potential and take the step up to the next level. After inheriting the shirt of the greatest striker the club ever had in its ranks, Walcott has come nowhere close to accomplishing what Thierry Henry did before him.
Having signed for the Gunners as a 16-year-old, Walcott was a pacy winger who did wonders with the ball on the flank when he switched on the afterburners but lacked the finishing touch. He slowly improved on that front as well and looked all set to take up the mantle of the club’s primary goalscorer when Robin van Persie moved to Manchester United.
However, following a season where he scored 21 goals, injuries halted Walcott’s progress and he has never been the same since. His confusion on whether he wants to play as a central striker or as a wide forward has also hampered his progress.
This season saw a bright start before he faded away in mid-season. His 19 goals are inflated by the fact that he scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup against a weakened Southampton team and two against non-League sides.
But Arsenal could leverage his improvement in form to possibly get a good transfer fee for the Englishman. After 10 seasons at the club, Walcott looks no closer to becoming the finished product and selling him when he is 28 will probably get them the best price.
Possible destination: Liverpool. He grew up a Reds fan after all.