Chelsea announced the surprise permanent transfer of Tino Livramento to Southampton in Augsut 2021. The Chelsea youth right back decided against a new deal after considering his chances in the star-studded Chelsea team rooster.
According to report by Fabricio Romano on Twitter, he signed a five-year deal with Southampton. Chelsea retained a buy-back clause in the deal. The deal figure is around €6 million.
Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel tried to convince the youngster and Academy Player of the Year to stay and fight for his place, but he refused.
Tino Livramento started his career in Chelsea academy, he was a big part of the Under-19 league winning side. His performances helped him with a place in the bench for Chelsea match against Manchester City, and Arsenal.
The 18-year old has gone to become a mainstay in the Southampton side. He has started all the seven Premier League fixtures amassing 626 minutes, creating six chances for Hasenhüttl’s side.
He showed Chelsea fans what they are missing in Chelsea’s Premier League fixture against the Saints. His runs created all sorts of problems for Ben Chilwell, with one resulting in a penalty after fouling him in the box.
A number of factors contributed to his departure from Chelsea, and the most important ones are:
#1 Chelsea strength in depth
Livramento is a right-back, who also occasionally play as a wing-back. This is a position that Chelsea have good strength in depth with Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, and occasionally Trevoh Chalobah filling in for the position.
Zappacosta is also another right back in the squad before he completed his move to Atalanta later in the same August.
The competition for places will not favour the young player as he will be restricted to few games, substitute appearances, and cup fixtures.
#2 Tino Livramento will develop further
Tino Livramento knew that Southampton will be the right place to develop his obvious potentials. The Saints has a reputation of norturing young talents and helping them become stars. Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Luke Shaw, Dusan Tadic and Gareth Bale are the long list of talents that have emerged from Southampton.
They have gone to become some of the biggest football stars, and moved to more prestigious clubs.
This prospect will be appealing to Tino Livramento. Southampton will provide the perfect environment for him to learn. The pressure is less, unlike in Chelsea where there is enormous pressure for the coaches to win trophies.
This means the coaches will have less time to stick with younger players. This is because they are largely inconsistent and needs patience and guidance for growth.
This has already started happening, as he is the undisputed right-back choice in the team.
Southampton is also one of the teams in England with good tacticians. Ralph Hasenhüttl is a brilliant coach with coherent tactical plan and way of playing football.
An adopter of gegenpressing, his coaching will help Tino develop aspect of his game like pressing, positioning and movement during matches.
Chelsea has ensure they don’t lose a bright talent like Tino Livramento, by putting a buy-back clause. They will be closely monitoring his progress as the year progress.