Having already turned down an increase of up to £75.000-per-week, our little Theo has had a few words to say about that fact – most importantly, he’s keen to make it be known that negotiations have not stalled due to monetary issues.
In an interview with the BBC, he ststaed:
“I’ve been judged, with people saying it’s all about money. It’s never been that with me. Playing up front is important. It’s one of the main factors for me.
“I signed as a striker. I’ve learnt my trade out on the wing.
“Hopefully, I’ll get to play up front in the next few games. It’s frustrating being on the bench, but it’s one of those things I have to deal with.”
Regarding the negotiations, he want on to add:
“It’s been a slow process.
“It’s not going to happen any time soon. My last contract took six months to do. It’s one of those things that is frustrating for me. Hopefully it can be sorted.”
Now, before I begin I’d like to make it clear that I don’t intend to trash Theo back to the stone-age as a means of courting controversy. He simply isn’t what I consider to be an integral part of the team. I wouldn’t seek to dispute anyone who states that he has been good in the past – undeniably so – but those occasions are few and far between. You could comfortably make a case for saying that those good elements are greatly outweighed by the occasions he has you drooling with frustration – perhaps ‘drooling’ is a poor choice of word, but I’d imagine he’s caused that reaction in someone.
As far as I’m concerned, he hasn’t really shown us anything substantial enough to warrant a position up front. His pace can be devastating; as a substitute coming on against tired legs with the opposition chasing the game, he can be extremely effective. Does he have the guile and intelligence to make runs and find space when teams come to the Emirates and park the bus? I don’t think he does, and he has the first touch of a baby elephant.
Now that he’s come out and stated that his contract signing is based on demands and assurances, I’m all the more certain he won’t be here come January. Like Alex Song, I won’t be all that bothered if he isn’t.
But, hey; that’s just me and my opinions. Do you think he has what it takes to be a main striker? Do you think he’d be a success if we tried it? Do you think the time has come to move on and let him go? Let me know below in the comments.
Thanks for reading, you wonderful units. I shall return with a preview of the Coventry game tomorrow.