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Walcott responds to claims he isn’t scoring enough Everton goals

Everton winger Theo Walcott has defended his form since joining the Toffees despite admitting he has not scored the goals he hoped for after arriving in January.

The 29-year-old was the third highest scoring English player last season with 19 but the goals dried up in the first half of the campaign when he struggled for game time with Arsenal and managed just four.

He announced his arrival at Goodison Park with both goals in the 2-1 win over Leicester on his second appearance but since then has not found the target in six matches.

After a poor run the Toffees appear to be back on track after successive wins against Brighton and Stoke, and Walcott is optimistic a strong finish can set them up for a better time next term.

“I will always be judged on goals but if the team is winning and I am contributing in different ways I will be happy with that,” he told evertontv.

“Of course, I want to score goals as well but it is about the three points in the end and it was about a team performance (against Stoke) and grinding out a result.

“I have only played a handful of games and settled in quickly, which I am pleased with.

“We have a lot of interesting games coming and, hopefully, we can push on. If we can have a good end to the season, then next season can be pretty special, I believe.”