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Theo Walcott: I’ve been working “tremendously hard”

Changes in attitude result in a changed player.

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We’ve talked a lot about Theo Walcott in the last couple weeks, mostly marveling at his latest renaissance. Today in the Guardian, Walcott talks about his season, his position, and his attitude in a conversation that sheds a lot of light on his work ethic and desire to be better.

Walcott’s decided that he wants to “go back to what he knows best”, effectively admitting that his career as a center forward is over. This is not a bad thing, it’s a player who finally understands his strengths and is willing to play to them as much as possible.

He also speaks to an overall change in him as a person, and how he needs to be more inwardly focused:

People have had so much faith in me and you never give up and I tend to think I need to repay people. But I also think I need to do it for myself now.

He also talks a bit about England (although says nothing about the Allardyce situation), and about his thoughts on the Basel game. It’s a quick read, but offers pretty interesting insights to a very intriguing player.