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          Tino Time: England's finest young fullback

          2021/10/08 12:01
          Richard Cole
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          One of the brightest young prospects emerging in the Premier League this season, Tino Livramento has rapidly shown that he's ready for the big stage after his successful move from Chelsea to Southampton. Perhaps the only thing standing in the right-back's way now is England's plethora of players in his position.

          Chelsea are famous for their conveyor belt of talent. It's tough for a young player to break through into the first team and avoid being conscripted into the Blue's 'loan army'. But thanks to the likes of Jadon Sancho, players are more likely than ever to force a move away from a big club if it means getting regular playing time.

          Flying the nest

          Tino's £5m move to Southampton was a brave one to make. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is a fan of the player and admitted the club did everything they could to keep him at the club. Indeed, the league leaders included a buy-back clause, reported to be set at £50m. But his new boss, Ralph Hasenhüttl, also praised the defender, calling him “one of the best young players in his position in the country” - pretty impressive when you consider the wealth of talent England has there.

          So far, Livramento's gamble for game time has paid off. Of all the teenagers in the Premier League, no one has played more minutes (626) than him - only Harvey Elliott comes close (250). Livramento even ranks ahead of Mason Greenwood (518), who turned 20 on the 1st October.

          International inspirations

          A boyhood Chelsea fan, Tino Livramento impressed at an early age - captaining England at U17 level (although he is eligible to play for Portugal through his father's side of the family). Since then, the player has grown into a shining example of the modern full-back, showing his prowess defensively and offensively.

          However, if there's one position that England excel in, it's right back. Kyle Walker, Reece James, Kieran Trippier, and Trent Alexander-Arnold are already a headache for Gareth Southgate. But those players are just some of a long list of other defenders who are also impressing in that position like Luke Ayling, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Matty Cash. The latter two may well even have to look elsewhere to play regular international football.

          Livramento received his first call up to the U21s in August, and even there he faces tough competition through Norwich City's Max Aarons. But should the Southampton player continue his rapid development with regular first team football at the highest level, he'll be pushing to make his senior Three Lions debut and drawing Chelsea's attention once again.

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          Tino Livramento
          NameValentino Livramento
          Born2002-11-12(18 -yrs-old)
          Nationality
          England
          England
          Dual Nationality
          Italy
          Italy
          PositionDefender (Right Back)

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