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Merrington rates Southampton starlet Oxlade-Chamberlain as good as Shearer, Walcott

Former Southampton boss Dave Merrington believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is as good a prospect as any to come through the Saints system.

The winger is wanted by Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Merrington has no doubt Oxlade-Chamberlain will follow former Saints youngsters Bale, Alan Shearer and Theo Walcott by progressing into one of the best players in England.

"Out of all the players I've seen over the years he's going to be up there with the Shearers and the Walcotts and the Bales," former Southampton manager Merrington told talkSPORT.

"He's got lightning pace, he's got quick feet and for 17 years of age he's very mature. He's got a very good football brain.

"Every so often you get a boy who comes through the ranks, they jump through the reserves and into the first team and never look back and this boy is terrific.

"The nearest I can compare him with was a player Southampton had some years ago - Rodney Wallace.

"Rodney was a terrific player, he could play either flank, he could play down the middle and this boy is exactly the same. He drifts off the flanks, he finds himself in striking positions and he scores goals."

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