Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes 2012 could be a huge year for Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The prodigiously gifted Arsenal starlet is one of the most talked about young talents in English football following his move to the Emirates in the summer.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has used the prodigy sparingly since he moved to the Gunners but the aforementioned Tottenham manager believes the 18-year-old could be a first team regular next year and pushing hard for a place in Fabio Capello's EURO 2012 England squad.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been perpetually compared to his Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott, yet Tottenham manager Redknapp, whose Spurs side is currently above the Gunners in the Premier League table, believes the precocious young Emirates prospect has the capacity to be even better than the England winger.
"I KNOW he's (Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) already made quite an impact but I reckon we'll see a lot more of this lad in 2012." The Tottenham manager told the Sun.
"The comparisons with (Arsenal teammate) Theo Walcott are obvious because they both came from Southampton. But Ox has the potential to be even better because he's bigger and stronger than Theo.
"One of his coaches at Southampton even told me he thought he'd end up playing in central midfield for Arsenal.
"Because his dad, Mark, was a top pro in his time, Alex has been brought up the right way and I'm told he's a very level-headed lad. I'm sure Fabio Capello is monitoring his progress with an eye to taking him to the Euros." The Tottenham boss concluded when discussing the burgeoning Arsenal talent.
xlade-Chamberlain moved to Arsenal in August earlier this year after Arsene Wenger won the chase for the prodigiously gifted former Southampton starlet. The Emirates chief paid £12 million for the winger which could rise to £15 million with add-ons.