Southampton starlet Tino Livramento has explained how his first senior goal came about after he scored in his side’s 2-2 draw with Burnley on Saturday.
Saints had fallen behind to Maxwell Cornet’s opener for the visiting Clarets at St Mary’s but Livramento would pop up with a crucial header to level things up just before half-time after a nice set-piece routine from a corner.
Speaking to southamptonfc.com post-match, he said:
"“We worked on the set piece in training and Redders [Nathan Redmond] was told to put the ball into a certain area. I just got across my man and headed towards goal and luckily it went in. I kind of couldn’t take it all in because it happened so quickly but like I said a goal is a goal and I’m just happy to help the team.”"
Southampton gain point from Chelsea transfer links
There is no doubt that Southampton look to have pulled off two great captures in the summer transfer window after raiding the Chelsea production line.
The permanent signing of Tino Livramento came first and the 18-year-old’s impact on the team was instant as fans saw his marauding runs down the right flank become a constant on each matchday.
He now has his first senior goal and his stock will continue to rise until the end of this season given that Ralph Hasenhuttl is clearly not wanting to take him out of the team.
Livramento’s old Chelsea youth teammate Armando Broja took more time to push into the thoughts of the Southampton boss but has burst onto the scene in the last two weeks.
With added momentum from his scoring run for Albania during recent international breaks, Broja has become a key man in the Saints attack and has scored his first two Premier League goals in the last two league games.
On current evidence, these will be the first two goals of the boatload he will surely score in his career wherever he goes on to ply his trade in the future.
Livramento and Broja cannot produce a successful season for Southampton on their own. They add clear star quality to a line-up that had been lacking in the past but the right mix of players around them also needs to be found to bring about the right results.