When comparing England's brightest prospect to Brazil's best youngster, Arsenal's left back admitted to Goal.com that Neymar is a few notches ahead of the Gunners starlet.Andre Santos is impressed with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's development but admits the England international still has a way to go before he reaches Neymar's level.
Santos should know. He is currently a teammate of both youngsters, playing alongside Oxlade-Chamberlain with Arsenal and Neymar with Brazil.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is considered to be England's top prospect as the nation fights for qualification into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In his 21 appearances for Arsenal, the 19-year-old has shown flashes of his vast potential, leading many to believe that he will become the Three Lions' first world-class player since Wayne Rooney.
Neymar, meanwhile, has gained global attention for his showings with club Santos and the Brazilian national team. The left winger has scored 52 goals in 99 appearances for his current club and continues to be linked with big European teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City.
Santos believes Oxlade-Chamberlain has a lot to learn before he reaches Neymar's level. When asked if the two players are similar, Santos told Goal.com through a translator that "Neymar is one step ahead at this moment."
"However, Alex is a very technical player that has come up the rankings last year. He is young and has a lot to learn still. He is a great player and in the near future will be a player of extreme importance for the national team of his country."
Despite being behind Neymar in his development, Oxlade-Chamberlain's technical ability has many in England excited about his future. He has already played in nine games for England, showing that he can easily penetrate defenses with his pace and ability to on the ball.
As Oxlade-Chamberlain continues to mature as a player, there is no doubt that he will be a big contributor to England's potential run in Brazil.
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