While becoming a regular in the Arsenal set-up, Walcott has failed to hit the heights his promise suggested when he moved to the Emirates Stadium and Adkins has fired a warning Chamberlain too may fail to reach his potential if he leaves the south coast side too early.
"We believe he is very good," he said. "The big thing is we didn't play him for the past two months of the season because he was out of injured and we had a fantastic run so that was really, really pleasing from our point of view.
"We did manage to get him on the pitch for the last half hour of the final game and you can see he is talented. He has come a long, long way in a very short space of time.
"I think the important thing is that you make sure that he keeps playing football and not get lost like so many players are lost when maybe they move on to other football clubs and they don't do what they want to do and what they love to do, which is play football and he has a great opportunity to do that here at Southampton."