England have been rocked by the news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is going to miss the Euros. Will this impact on England’s chances or their Euro 2016 betting odds’? Probably not.
1) Lack of goals
For a winger come central midfielder Oxlade isn’t a prolific goalscorer. In fact, quite the opposite. In 100 league appearances for Arsenal he’s managed a very disappointing 7 goals, that is a pitiful return for any player, with some centre-backs having better goal scoring records than this. Whilst he has scored 5 in 24 for England, it’s unlikely he’ll be firing them in against top teams.
Oxlade simply hasn’t found consistently good form since he came to Arsenal. Injuries have plagued him and his best ever league total in terms of appearances was in his second season with 25 appearances for the club in the Premier League. He’s never produced a run of form where we might think that he’s a elite player.
3) Has he improved?
With a poor goal scoring record it’s questionable whether Oxlade has even improved since joining the club. Obviously he is physically good and very quick but technically he isn’t producing. His best total for goals in one season is two, which again isn’t indicative of a player who has added new dimensions to his game.
4) Better options elsewhere
Both on the flanks and in the middle of the park there are far better options available. Spurs duo Eric Dier and Dele Alli have looked very good in the middle of the park, as has Jordan Henderson at Liverpool. Ox wouldn’t have been a starter so it’s no big loss, with England also possessing quality on the flanks. It’s more of a personal loss or the player, rather than a huge loss for the team. Whilst he does offer pace and a direct running threat his lack of end product means it is no real loss that he won’t be available.