Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the Saints youth setup at the age of just 7 after his father, former Stoke City player and former Saints coach Mark Chamberlain, recommended him for a trial. He joined the club after a successful trial period and he made his way through the youth ranks. In his first year as a scholar, he impressed in the club’s reserves last campaign and scored his first goal for the club in a reserve match v Bournemouth with a well taken run and shot.
More accustomed to playing in central midfield at this point, he has however impressed playing on the wing this season. After becoming the second youngest debutant for Southampton’s senior team last March coming as substitute against Huddersfield at 16 years and 199 days, just behind Theo Walcott, he has established himself as a first team regular this campaign.
He scored his first senior goal for the club against Bournemouth in a 2-0 victory days before his 17th birthday back in August and has gone from strength to strength since then, scoring goals against Carlisle and Bournemouth as well as two and an assist against Dagenham & Redbridge in a 4-0 win where he was named Man of the Match for the first time last month.
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