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Meet the new Oxlade-Chamberlain set to take League Two by storm

| 18.07.2016

While Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is busy focusing on his own fitness during this pre-season, his 18-year old brother will be preparing to play a role in Portsmouth’s push for promotion back to League One.

In the summer of 2011, Arsene Wenger spent a figure rumoured to be around £12m on a 17-year product of Southampton’s academy. And even then – five years ago – the Ox spared a line or two for his younger brother, Christian, who was at the time a 14-year old making his way through the Pompey youth set-up.

“He’s my Dad’s next little project!” said Alex of his younger brother.

And having played a part in both of Pompey’s pre-season fixtures to date, the midfielder can expect plenty of game time over the next campaign.

Christian likes to operate from a central role, dominating the pace of a game with his ability on the ball.

And as well as breaking up play in his own half, Mini-Ox showed this past weekend that he’s capable of getting on the scoresheet, too, netting in the 81st minute in a 2-1 defeat at Sutton.

His physical presence attracted the interest of several non-league clubs last season for a loan spell, but having spent a month with local side Wimborne Town, Chamberlain has since secured a professional contract at Fratton Park as he looks to break into the first team.

Alex represented Southampton in League One on 36 occasions, scoring nine goals before the Gunners came calling.

And if that kind of form can be replicated at Portsmouth by Christian, it might not take as long for Premier League bosses up and down the country to battle it out for the young midfielder’s signature.

Portsmouth are 4/1 favourites to win League Two and their campaign begins at home to Carlisle where they are 17/20 to take maximum points from the game.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.