Southampton are on their travels once again this weekend with a daunting trip to Stamford Bridge to take on European champions Chelsea as the Saints look to pick up their first Premier League win of the season.
After falling to a 1-0 defeat against Wolves thanks to a Raul Jimenez goal in their previous match, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side undoubtedly face a tough test against Thomas Tuchel’s side, despite the west Londoners having lost by a 1-0 scoreline in their two previous matches in all competitions.
However, one player who should excite the Southampton fans and give them some hope of being able to overcome Chelsea is Valentino Livramento.
Southampton signed the defender back in the previous summer transfer window from Chelsea for a fee of £5.31m.
Since then, the 18-year-old, who is currently valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, has played 90 minutes in all of the Saints’ Premier League games so far this season, apart from their 0-0 draw against Manchester City when he was substituted after picking up a late yellow card.
During his time with Southampton so far, the teenager has averaged two clearances and 1.8 tackles per game, testifying to his defensive solidity (as per SofaScore), and he has been described as a “great talent” by Sky Sports pundit Ledley King.
Despite the disappointing result against Wolves, Livramento earned an overall match rating of 7/10, making him the highest-rated Saints defender on the day according to SofaScore, shows just how impressive he has been for the club since his arrival over the summer.
Additionally, with Chelsea manager Tuchel recently saying that the west London club tried all they could to keep hold of the defender before he left for Southampton, this shows just how highly they rated him and his chances of becoming an important figure for them in the future.
Looking ahead to the match at Stamford Bridge, we feel there is no doubt that Livramento should be in the starting XI to face his old club, giving him the chance to show just why Southampton chose to sign him and why Chelsea may have made a big mistake in letting him go.