A tricky midfielder with an abundance of natural talent, Alex started the 2016/17 season in fine form – and with an increased level of responsibility too.
Deputising for Mesut Ozil in our No 10 role, the youngster assisted our first goal of the season by slipping through Theo Walcott against Liverpool, and showcased his vision and clever footwork by setting up two more at Hull City the following month.
Alex went on to start 10 more games between September and November, before he followed his first Champions League goal at Basel with his first Premier League goal of the season against Stoke City.
Further strikes and assists against Crystal Palace and Watford ensured he ended his second full season with a respectable four goals and five assists, while his somewhat understated role in our Emirates FA Cup run saw him lift his first trophy in just his second season of senior football.
A former England youth international up to under-18 level, Alex signed a new-term contract towards the end of 2015, and made his first Champions League start – against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in March 2016 – before scoring in each of his first two Premier League starts, against Everton and Watford.
Naturally a winger, the Hale End graduate – who is the nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha – scored his first goal for Nigeria against Zambia in October 2016 and was named Youth Player of the Year at the Confederation of African Football awards.