With the season coming to an end our blog will be host to a series of articles about young talented players that could become musts in future FPL teams. The first article of the series is as follows:
One for The Future: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Few would have thought that following Wayne Rooney’s sensational arrival on the Premier League scene in 2002, a young English player would be capable of creating such a buzz. Yet, less than twelve months into his Arsenal career, parallels are already being drawn between the Manchester United ace and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The primary reason for this comparison to one of the worlds’ greatest players is that, at 18, Oxlade-Chamberlain seemingly has the full package. Unlike Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain has the presence of mind in attacking situations to accompany his blistering pace and technical creativity.
In a first half performance which saw Arsenal lead AC Milan by three goals earlier this month, the former Southampton man was the focal point of every Arsenal attack; providing assists for two of the three goals. He bullied a team which boasted Champions League winners and World Cup finalists.
Having been introduced in such important games, it would be natural to assume that Oxlade-Chamberlain may become overwhelmed by the occasion sooner or later. But that simply isn’t the case. Arsenal fans booed Wenger’s decision to replace him in a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United. He was being replaced by the Russia captain, which only serves to highlight the enormous potential of this young Englishman.
Not only does Oxlade-Chamberlain whet the appetite because of his sharp build up play, he has also proven that he has a keen eye for goal. Having already notched one Premier League brace in his short career, as well as a Champions League goal, Oxlade-Chamberlain is definitely one to watch out for in the future.
His name is already circulating as a possible candidate for a place in the England squad for the European Championships this summer. Whoever the England manager shall be, he will be naive to overlook such a talented player who is well on his way to superstardom. With father-like figure Arsène Wenger nurturing his precious talent at Arsenal, it is only a matter of time before Oxlade-Chamberlain fills Wayne Rooney’s boots.