Southampton have a terrific Youth System and continually produce some great youngsters like Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Nile Ranger.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 17 year -old starter for Southampton
And since Newcastle are in the market for top youngsters, it’s obvious that one question Alan Pardew will have already been asked is whop is the best youngster coming through at Southampton.
The answer was probably new 17 year-old 5’11” midfield prospect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and the player is already attracting the interest of Premier League clubs Liverpool and Arsenal, according to reports.
And today The Sun is reporting that Newcastle are interested in bringing the England U18 International to Tyneside.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is the son of former Portsmouth and England International Mark Chamberlain, and the teenager currently plays as a starting midfielder for the League One club.
The Portsmouth-born player joined the Southampton F.C. Academy at the age of seven in 2000, and made his professional debut earlier this year.
Alex made his Southampton debut under Alan Pardew on 2nd March 2010, at just 16 years 199 days, when he came off the bench in the 5–0 victory over Huddersfield Town, and hence became the club’s second youngest ever player behind a certain Theo Walcott.
According to some fans we know in Southampton, he’s a fast and skilful winger, and mainly right-footed, but a little bit inconsistent probably because he’s so young.
There are already top clubs after the youngster, but an advantage Newcastle may have is that Alan Pardew brought him through at Southampton, and as long as Newcastle can afford the fee, they could be in pole position to sign the youngster.
And we have no idea as to how much he would cost – but Alan could make the difference, if Newcastle are indeed interested in this youngster.
But at least the story makes sense, in that Alan already has ties to the player, and Newcastle are always after top youngsters.
We’ll just have to wait and see if this story has any truth in it, but he would be a good acquisition for the future at Newcastle.
But one problem the Tyneside club may have, is how to get his name on the back of a black and white striped shirt – it won’t be easy. 😀