Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has conceded that he has a few aspects on his game to work on before he’s to reach the level of fellow Saints academy graduate Theo Walcott.
The 21-year-old has been an ever present figure in our team this season – although he is currently sidelined with a groin injury – and has stated that Walcott’s off the ball movement is something he needs to add to his armoury.
Chamberlain is lethal when dribbling with the ball and possesses the ability to make any defender look foolish on his day, but a lack of end product has meant that Walcott has become an added inspiration for ‘The Ox’.
Walcott’s ability on the ball isn’t of the highest quality, but the England man’s end product speaks for itself and has already scored two goals upon his return to the team in the last two games, something Chamberlain is taking a keen interest in.
“I think I’m better running with it than I am without. When I look at Theo [Walcott] and the runs he makes off the ball, I think I’ve got to improve a bit because Theo does it so well,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told the Evening Standard.
“That’s where my game has mostly developed. Defending, positioning and stuff like that you learn through experience.”
Chamberlain has been likened more to Alexis Sanchez than Walcott due to their ability to run with the ball and physical power, but our no.15 could do worse than adding the efficiency we’ve become accustomed to when watching Walcott.
Goals win games and the creation of those, along with scoring them, will no doubt elevate Oxlade-Chamberlain into the ‘world class’ bracket.