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Walcott should have stayed

Walcott should have stayed

SOUTHAMPTON manager George Burley still firmly believes that Theo Walcott should have stayed at Southampton.

Walcott left the Saints a year ago and joined Arsenal.

Since his move to Arsenal, Walcott has only made 6 starts whilst also making 16 appearances from the bench.

If he had remained at SMS, he would have been a certain starter and his progess and experience would have improved.

Burley told the official site: 'I have not changed my opinion on Theo, you can't beat playing regularly for your development.

At bigger clubs it is harder to get in the team which is understandable.'

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Date:Monday January 22 2007
Time: 12:55PM


Is this guy serious? Southampton is mired in the Championship for who knows how long. No club on the planet develops youngsters and gives them a chance to play the way Arsenal does. If AW feels that Walcott needed more first team football I am sure he would have loaned him out. Now , the kid is just 17. When he is ready, he'll start and you can be sure that when AW is finished with him England will not have seen a better striker. So please, pipe down.
22/01/2007 14:16:00
Here is a simple question. Who is better at player development? Arsene Wenger's Arsenal or Burley's Southampton? We're not talking Chelsea here or even ManU. Arsenal are the quintessential club for young player development. Another point. How many of Arsenal youngsters are currently on loan right now? In case he didn't know, the club that Burley's Saints are chasing at the top of the Championship are spearheaded by three of Arsenal youngsters.
22/01/2007 14:33:00
Come on rads, you can understand Burley's frustration, he is trying to build a team to make it into the premiership & then he hopes to move forward from there. Seeing his best youngsters continually sold cannot be great for him. He is entitled to his view (albeit in my opinion a wrong view) & had Walcott stayed at southampton he wouldn't have gone to the world cup & despite not playing he has said time & again that he really learnt from that experience.
Ashburton Gooner
22/01/2007 15:26:00
Point well taken Ashburton Gooner.
22/01/2007 16:31:00
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