Phil Jagielka has welcomed the acquisition of his former England team-mate Theo Walcott, saying that the ex-Gunner can add pace and goals to an Everton side that has been short on both this season.
Walcott arrived from Arsenal in this week when he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract as part of a £20m move, the second deal concluded by the Blues this month following the transfer of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.
“He'll bring experience, quality, pace and goals,” Jagielka said on evertonfc.com. “I've played with him a lot for England and he's definitely a match-winner — he can change games. I've played against him, too, and he's a difficult opponent.
“When you come up against someone who's physically better it gives you a challenge and when you come up against someone who's particularly quick, that gives you a different challenge.
“For us, it's about giving our opponents as many little headaches as possible. Theo is fast but also clever; he times his runs well and he ends up in the right place at the right time.
“It's not nice to play against and it keeps you on your toes as a defender but thankfully it's not my problem any more, other than in training!”
Though he hasn't started a Premier League game since April of last year, Walcott has featured for Arsenal in cup competition this season and is expected to go straight into the team for tomorrow's clash with West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park.
Sam Allardyce's men haven't scored on home turf for a month but with both Tosun and Walcott set for home debuts, the hope is that will change.
“We're excited to get him in and he can bring us a bit more of an attacking threat and it's nice we've bolstered our attacking options again,” Jagielka continued.
“We've got a couple of wingers already here, a couple of strikers, and Theo can obviously play in both of those positions.
“The type of player Theo is and the type of person he is, he's got high standards and he'll want to come here and perform straight away.
“The good thing is he's fit, so we can get him here, get him on the training pitch, get our team together and have a good crack and see how many points we can get in the final months of the season.”