Southampton debutant impresses Saints fans and Hasenhuttl despite loss

Southampton fell to an opening day loss to Everton on Saturday with a second-half turnaround seeing the Toffees record a 3-1 win.

Summer signing Adam Armstrong had put Saints ahead at half-time after netting with an excellent finish, but goals in reply from Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin proved decisive.

Much of the reaction online from supporters saw past team collapses remembered and Saints will need to become harder to beat if they are to stand a chance of having a successful season.

Despite the disappointment, one player impressed fans and Ralph Hasenhuttl with his display on debut.

Tino Livramento proves he can be a brilliant addition for Southampton

Tino Livramento has not been with Saints for long but looked very at home in the team after his £5m move from Chelsea.

A lot was made of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s decision to put the 18-year-old straight in at right-back and hand him a start ahead of Kyle Walker-Peters who was superb for the club in 2020/21.

His tender years did not show at Goodison Park though and he put in a performance that showed real responsibility.

Via whoscored.com, Livramento had the second-most touches and the second-most passes in the Saints team and was only behind midfield general James Ward-Prowse on both counts.

He was lively going forward and attempted four dribbles whilst also made a team high of four completed tackles alongside Moussa Djenepo. This performance has shown just what he can provide Saints in the long-term but has also caused some other significant positives too.

Kyle Walker-Peters had little to no competition for his place in the line-up last season but has a challenge on his hands now to get his place back. Neither he or Livramento will play every week but they have to perform well in training and in games to show they want that starting berth each weekend.

After Saints struggled with little depth in 2020/21, they now have more options and this should serve them well in the long run.