THEO WALCOTT has revealed he may’ve joined Chelsea earlier than he was snapped up by Southampton.
The England worldwide joined Saints’ academy from Swindon in 2000 on the tender age of 11.
Theo Walcott is on a season-long mortgage at Southampton from EvertonCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Theo Walcott has revealed he may’ve joined Chelsea earlier than he signed for Southampton
Walcott spent six years at St Mary’s earlier than finishing a big-money transfer to Arsenal, the place ended up enjoying the majority of his profession.
However his journey may’ve been an entire lot completely different had he and his household opted to just accept Chelsea‘s method his companies when he was a teen.
Walcott recalled Chelsea’s curiosity in signing him throughout an interview with Daily Mail columnist Jamie Redknapp, saying: “Each time I consider your Dad I smile.
“Earlier than becoming a member of Southampton’s academy, Chelsea confirmed an curiosity in signing me.”
Chelsea’s eagerness to impress Walcott by exhibiting him the primary crew and their services finally ended up having a detrimental impact on their bid to signal the teen.
He added: “They scared the s*** out of me, to be trustworthy! They confirmed me the primary crew, the dressing room. I am seeing Gianfranco Zola, all these guys. That was quite a bit to take.
“Southampton simply confirmed me the academy aspect. They did not present me something to do with the primary crew.
“You do not have to be overwhelmed or distracted. That is why I went to Southampton.”
Walcott received a vibe from Saints that he did not from the Blues, including: “It felt proper, like a household membership. Chelsea was an excessive amount of to deal with at that age.”
Chelsea – in addition to defending Premier League champions Liverpool – resumed their curiosity in Walcott earlier than his transfer to Arsenal.
Walcott believes he made the correct determination becoming a member of the Gunners, saying: “There have been a couple of different golf equipment, Liverpool and Chelsea, however I felt this was the correct membership.
“I liked each minute of my Arsenal profession.
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“I scored over 100 objectives and received two or three FA Cups – I say ‘two or three’ as a result of I used to be injured for the 2014 last, so I do not know if I can depend it!”
Walcott is again the place it began as he is at present on a season-long mortgage at Southampton from Everton.
The 31-year-old is having fun with his soccer once more below the tutelage of Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
He mentioned: “We’re a part of one thing now. It is a good place to be, particularly when the league is so open.
“I am not saying Southampton are going to win it. Who is aware of? However we’re able the place not many groups would wish to play Southampton proper now.
“We’re so hungry for achievement. Everybody works for one another and we have now a supervisor whose philosophy we consider in.”
Walcott and his Southampton team-mates will likely be again in motion on Boxing Day, travelling to Craven Cottage to tackle Fulham.