I’m not objecting to being fed up with Theo, just objecting to the way people have talked about him. Fact is he’s achieved a decent amount in his career, including, yes, one good season, and one other season where he was an important player before getting injured. Nothing special, all in all, but definitely more than most players achieve in their career, and not in consonance with the kind of comments you see here.
I would’ve had no problem with us selling him this summer.
He’s obviously a very flawed player, or else he wouldn’t be where he is in his career right now. He doesn’t have any talent on the ball, his finishing was good in 12-14, uneven before, and bad after. His value comes, or came, from his pace and his running off the ball, which is a genuine strength and good trait.
That said, in the context of our current team, he’d be my first choice at striker–I’d give him confidence and games at CF until he got over his low confidence–because I’m still convinced he has more utility to us at CF than Giroud. That really just says more about our current situation than anything good about Theo, as obviously I would take a striker like Lacazette or Morata over him, or even Welbeck, if he were fit.
But still, with the current poor state of my team he’s a player that definitely is no less shit/underwhelming option than Giroud, Ox, Campbell, Gabriel, or Ramsey, yet the vitriol directed toward him is disproportionately larger than that directed at those players.