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Alex Chamberlain - Southampton's New Bale/Walcott


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First of all the credit for this must go to footballtalentfactory.co.uk

Southampton's gifted teenage winger Alex Chamberlain scored his first league goal last weekend to secure all three points against Oldham in League One. His goal showed the same star quality as Theo Walcott, who left the Saints to play for both Arsenal and England. A constant menace since coming on as a second half substitute, Chamberlain also went close with a fine solo effort from the half-way line, with his shot hitting the post in a move reminiscent of that of another former Saints star, Gareth Bale. After the game, manager Nigel Adkins was full of praise for the 17-year old, stating "Alex is obviously a massive talent and has a great future at this football club. "He made a great impact, scoring a good goal. He has a lot of potential." Southampton's latest wide man is son of former Tottenham and Engand star Mark Chamberlain, also a winger. The south-coast outfit have a rich history of producing talent in recent years and previous graduates include Matthew Le Tissier, Alan Shearer, Wayne Bridge, Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale.

The fans on the South Coast will be hoping they can hold on to Chamberlain as the push on under new boss Nigel Adkins in their quest for promotion. With a number of eye catching displays, scouts from up and down the country will be at St. Mary's over the forthcoming weeks to make a full progress report on one of the most exciting talents outside of the Premiership. Not since Theo Walcott's emergence, have Saints fans been on the edge of their seats awaiting the unexpected. Chamberlain made his first team debut on March 2nd 2010 at the age of 16 years and 199 days, coming off the bench in a 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town, becoming the club's second youngest ever player behind Theo Walcott. The pacey winger had to wait until the beginning of the 2010-11 season before making his first competitive start on 10th August against Bournemouth in the first round of the League Cup where he scored Southampton's second goal in a 2-0 victory. During the same month he signed his first professional contract after turning 17 which will see him contracted to the club until 2013. With lightening quick pace, good dribbling skills and an eye for goal Chamberlain is one of the hottest properties in the football league.

Andy

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