Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed Theo Walcott is set to make his [second] debut in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea.
In August 2005, Walcott became the youngest player to play in a senior game for the Saints, as a 16-year-old. Now, 15 years later, he’s set to make his second Southampton debut as a loanee from Everton.
Hasenhuttl confirmed in his press conference today (via Southampton’s official website) that the absence of two of his attacking midfield options – Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Djenepo – for the weekend’s trip to Stamford Bridge could pave the way for Walcott to make the starting line-up at the weekend.
At 31 he might be past his prime, but Walcott is one of the few players to have given Chelsea fans restless nights, particularly during his Arsenal days.
The England international holds a decent record of six goals and two assists from just 15 starts (24 appearances in total for both Arsenal and Everton) across all competitions against the Blues.
Walcott himself admitted the trip to Stamford Bridge would be a tough challenge.
“It will be a tricky game, of course,” he told Hampshire Live.
“We just need to focus on ourselves. It’s all about what we want to do.
“Chelsea are what they are, this is the Premier League. It is a tough league to get results.
“The standards are high.”