Having just celebrated the birth of his second son, Theo Walcott may need some caffeine to get him through the sleepless nights to come over the next few months.

So all the England international - on nine goals this season - needs is to score one more before Christmas, and he can drink all the coffee he needs.

“I want to get 10 so I can get a coffee machine for Christmas from my wife!” Walcott said. “She said, ‘If you get 10 goals before Christmas, I’ll buy you this coffee machine’ so I can’t wait for that - that should hopefully happen.

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“Coming from the wing, I’m obviously very delighted about [my goalscoring form]. But I’m more delighted about the way the team is progressing - there have been a lot of ups and downs but hopefully this game can make sure we are back to the level we want to be.

“There is so much competition as well - the manager picks the team and there were a few more changes against Bournemouth which shows the squad’s strength in depth. It is a headache for the manager.”

Having spent much of last season playing as a central striker, Walcott is back on the right flank this term and he feels it is his natural home.

“At the start of the season, me and the manager sat down and I told him where I wanted to play so I don’t even have to think about anything else,” he said.

“Obviously I have that experience in the central position and if I find myself there, hopefully I’ll be able to tuck away the goals.

“I’m still working hard in training, the mental side of it, the gym and everything while making sure I have time at home as well. Everything seems to be clicking.

“I just want to make sure I am the best I can be every day going into training. If I can stay fit, hopefully it should be a good season not just for me but for everyone else.”

 

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28 Nov 2016