Chelsea news: Theo Walcott compares Southampton star Tino Livramento to Gareth Bale

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The full-back is thriving at Southampton

The full-back is thriving at Southampton (Picture: Getty Images)

Theo Walcott says Tino Livramento reminds him of a young Gareth Bale coming through at Southampton as a marauding left-back.

Chelsea academy graduate Livramento swapped west London for the south coast in the summer transfer window and has hit the ground running at St Mary’s.

The 19-year-old has already become a regular in the Premier League under Ralph Hasenhüttl, making 11 league appearances and pitching in with a goal from right-back.

Bale started his career as a left-back

Real Madrid’s Bale started his career as a left-back (Picture: Getty Images)

Livramento impressive displays have earned him widespread praise, while his Southampton teammate Walcott has compared him to Real Madrid and Wales winger Bale when he started his career at left-back with the Saints.

‘You can just see he’s got an aura about him around the place,’ Walcott told talkSPORT of Livramento.

‘He’s changed completely which is really nice to see when you get a bit more confidence playing, he’s not as shy and timid around the place he’s got a bit more of a presence.

‘It just shows that there’s a future star there but again we need to be careful as we always do but its why we love football isn’t it? I can’t complain, he’s been absolutely fantastic.’

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‘Do you know what, he reminds me a little bit of Gareth when he came through as a full-back,’ Walcott added.

‘That’s a big statement of course to compare him to someone like that but just feel like his presence and the way he drives and the pace and the power and it’s no surprises that you know what he’s going to do.

‘He’s so strong with the ball and very clever and technically he is fantastic.’


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