Top 10: Wonderkids who went too soon

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Arsenal's fringe wonderkid
Arsenal's fringe wonderkid.

6. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal's last shopping trip to Southampton's academy came in 2011 and was a costly one at that, beating stiff competition to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a deal that could still cost a total of £15m in add-ons.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had more than 40 senior appearances under his belt with Saints but from a development standpoint could probably have done with more regular first-team football before making the leap to Arsenal, despite possessing a unique mix of pace, power and technical ability.

The 20-year-old has played more than 60 times for Arsenal's first team but is still largely viewed as an impact substitute, a trend that will need to change quickly for England to get the full benefit of on their brightest young stars at international level.

Francis Jeffers
Gareth Bale
Glen Johnson
Wilfried Zaha
Theo Walcott
Manchester City
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Ben Foster
Manchester United
David de Gea
Tottenham Hotspur
Romelu Lukaku
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