Southampton’s new signing Valentino Livramento is already proving himself to be a bargain after two impressive appearances in the Premier League.
The 18-year-old, who joined from Chelsea in a deal worth just £5m earlier in the transfer window, earned a surprise start in Southampton’s opening day defeat against Everton at Goodison Park despite Kyle Walker-Peters’ impressive form last season.
The teenage defender kept his place for Sunday’s game against Manchester United at St Mary’s and quickly won over the Southampton faithful with an excellent display.
Livramento featured at right-back in the first half but moved further forward in the second 45 as Hasenhuttl tightened things up. The youngster emphasised his quality going forward with several lung-busting runs down the right-hand side, whilst also helping the Saints earn an impressive draw with his defensive abilities.
Although he had never played a senior game of football before his move to St Mary’s, he has not looked out of place in his two appearances thus far, contributing an impressive 16 recoveries and 15 duels won across the games against Everton and Manchester United.
Only Che Adams and Mohammed Salisu have averaged a higher rating in the Premier League so far this season according to WhoScored, which suggests that the 18-year-old has been an excellent addition to Hasenhuttl’s squad; and at such a young age, he is only going to get better.
Hampshire Live journalist Tom Leach was full of praise for the youngster after the game on Sunday, writing: “The star of the first half, Livramento was excellent. He battled against men with his best moment coming just before the break, racing down the right-wing and putting a ball in for Adam Armstrong. His second-half performance was nearly as strong. He is a very impressive young man.”
Considering that he is keeping Walker-Peters out of the team on current form, Hasenhuttl will be delighted with the way that Livramento has started his Southampton career, and the manager will be hoping that the teenage prodigy can continue to improve throughout the season.