Southampton’s Tino Liveramento sums up his stellar Premier League debut in one word – ‘Crazy’!
Crazy to be thrown at Everton on the opening day for his top-flight debut, he had only a week of training with his new teammates.
Crazy to go back to Stamford Bridge on Saturday and see the seats where he used to sit as a season-ticket holder, winning a penalty.
And mad for his mother to hear the name of her son should be immediately chanted by the multitude of saints.
The teenager said: “It’s been a crazy two months and I haven’t had time to sit back and take in what happened.
“I think it’s better that way, I can just keep my head down and keep coming as every step and challenge comes.”
That approach is certainly working for the Croydon lad with England Under-21s ahead of their Euro qualifiers in Slovenia on Thursday and Andorra on Monday.
Livramento, 18, was voted Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year last season but has now decided to leave to pursue his career with top-flight game-time.
The Saints beat competition from Brighton and many other clubs at home and abroad to sign him.
They did not expect the love match to start from day one.
But boss Ralph Hasenhuttle bucked his tendency to give new signings an eternity to start every league game since – and at Goodison Park – on 14 August.
He is the tenth star aged 18 or under to play the first seven matches of the love season, joining the likes of Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand.
Whizkid has shone in the big games, with outstanding performances at Manchester City and Stamford Bridge.
An image of him leaving Brazil international Fred on his back with a barnstorming run against Manchester United went viral, where Livramento’s brother showed it to him. “A little strange,” observed the player.
Winning a spot-kick in a 3-1 loss at Chelsea was surreal, considering how many times he looked out of his seat.
He said: “I grew up as a fan and never played at Stamford Bridge in a competitive game.
“It was a little weird but I had a little more fun playing against Chelsea and the guys I’ve trained against.
“I had a season-ticket for three years and my dad and brother still go.
“When I won the penalty I tried to find my father and brother, but I couldn’t see them.”
Livramento sees Reece James as an inspiration and with a £40million buy-back clause, there is no question he returns to Chelsea to compete with the right-back one day.
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It says a lot about his talent that he already looks like the best Southampton player has ever produced.
Livramento said: “The fans are always very nice. When my mother comes to the games and hears the way my name is chanted she finds it a little crazy.
“There’s not a pinch-me moment – but playing in all these stadiums you see growing up – it’s kind of surreal.”
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