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Theo Walcott - is he good enough to play for Barcelona?

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Even in spite of Lionel Messi's injury, Barcelona look to be pretty well stocked in the attacking department. They have Neymar and Luis Suarez to lighten the load, not to mention a myriad of young talent in reserve. 

Yet, the hierarchy at the Camp Nou are reportedly interested in a pacy forward who can play out wide - ring any bells?

Theo Walcott meets that description almost to a tee. However, there is one thing that may get in Theo's way for a move to Barcelona: he's not good enough for them. 

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As much as Walcott is admired in England for his pace, movement and much-improved finishing, he still seems a long way short of the quality required to be a Barcelona player. 

Barcelona respect Walcott

As unlikely as the move may seem, Barcelona are actually big fans of Theo Walcott. They are still scarred by his cameo role against them back in 2011, where he salvaged a draw for Arsenal after coming on as a sub. 

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Most people at Barcelona admire the England international, none more so than Lionel Messi. He had this to say about Walcott back in 2011: "I can only speak from experience, but he was one of the most dangerous players I have ever played against," Messi told the Daily Telegraph

"Barcelona players are not scared easily, but I can tell you that when we played Arsenal last season he truly worried us."

If you're going to receive that kind of praise from someone, I guess you'd want it to be the greatest player that ever played the game.

Since that game, Walcott hasn't quite kicked on like we'd hoped. He's had bad luck with injuries and a stop-start few years in terms of regular football - his last few games for Arsenal, however, have shown us what he's capable of.

Would Walcott play?

No matter how good Walcott's form has been over the past few weeks, whenever a player moves to a club the size of Barcelona, there is a question mark regarding their playing time. 

Walcott is a pacy, direct player - sound familiar? The Catalans had a player like that, he now plays right wing for Chelsea and has Pedro on the back of his shirt. 

If Pedro didn't get too much of a look in at Barca, it's unlikely Walcott will enjoy a different fate. They are similar players, and if Walcott is a better player than Pedro, it's not by a big enough margin that he'll force Neymar, Suarez or especially Messi out of the team. 

He may be used as an impact sub - after all Barcelona know all too well how effective he can be in that role.

As good as Walcott is in the super-sub role, it's not a position that Barcelona, or Walcott himself, particularly need. 

After finally getting the opportunity to play as a striker, Walcott would be ideally suited staying exactly where he is. He may not even have to come off the bench to make an impact next time Arsenal and Barcelona meet.

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