Will Wenger turn his back on Walcott for good?
Arsene Wenger is said to have set the asking price for Walcott at £15 million as he grows increasingly frustrated at the winger’s reluctance to sign a new deal. Such a value would then facilitate an offer in the region of £10 million for the wantaway Moses.
Chelsea have already had a bid of £4 million turned down for Moses, and it is reported that the striker has set his heart on a move to the Bridge. However, with Chelsea apparently moving on to other targets, such as Lucas Moura, Oscar and Hulk, it now appears a move for Moses has been put on the back burner.
So, if the rumours are to be believed, is Moses an upgrade on Walcott?
Undoubtedly, both players possess electrifying speed, an attribute that has been synonymous with Walcott since his emergence as a teenage Southampton prodigy. But there are precious few other adjectives usually used to describe the forward. He simply has not progressed in the way many thought he would have, and, despite becoming an England regular, he still appears raw and can be wildly inconsistent.
Moses, at two years Walcott’s junior, already displays the poise in front of goal that Walcott, at times, lacks. He has a natural inclination to beat players through the use of his quick feet and demonstrates the explosive power required to burst past defenders.
Walcott, on the other hand, tends to run with the ball at his feet almost as if he has his head down. He relies on raw pace to latch on to balls behind defenders. Herein lies the difference between their build-up play, and it highlights why Walcott can appear ineffectual during matches where the play becomes compact.
Furthermore, Walcott’s delivery can often be erratic, his crossing and passing play rarely emblematic of the precision Arsenal are renowned for. Moses does, however, display the requisite intelligence necessary to blend into and improve with the Gunners.
At present, the word “upgrade” may be too harsh on the Arsenal flier; however, it is clear that Moses is endowed with dashes of finesse and impudence that were not evident with Walcott at the same stage of his development. It can be argued that they still are not.