Theo Walcott heaps praise on Southampton teammate Tino Livramento and says Chelsea academy graduate reminds him of Gareth Bale, who took the Premier League by storm

After arriving from Chelsea in the summer transfer window, 19-year-old right-back Tino Livramento has been a shining light in the Southampton team this season.

The defender cost the Premier League side £5million and speaking to talkSPORT, Theo Walcott was full of praise for his teammate.

Tino Livramento has excelled since joining Southampton from Chelsea
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Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has shown a lot of faith in him but will be pleased to see his right-back returning the favour.

Livramento’s standout displays could even see him go down as one of the bargains of the transfer window.

He has started every league game for the club so far this season and in doing so has helped his side keep five clean sheets and has provided a goal and an assist going forward.

Unfortunately for his manager and everyone associated with the club, they could be resigned to lose Livramento as the Blues do have a £25m buy-back clause.

Hasenhüttl will undoubtedly be delighted with Livramento’s performance so far
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The biggest compliment to the youngster, though, came from his teammate Theo Walcott who was full of praise for the youngster and even compared him to Gareth Bale, who came through the Southampton academy.

“You can just see he’s got an aura about him around the place” the ex-Arsenal man said on Darren Bent’s Boot Room show on talkSPORT.

“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.

Walcott (L) has been very impressed with what he has seen from Livramento (C) so far
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Bale’s glittering career first came at Southampton as a left-back
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“Do you know what, he reminds me a little bit of Gareth when he came through as a full-back.

“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.”

“He’s got some good people around to work and the great thing about Tino he’s got huge players around him and I think it’s important to have similar age players close to you.

“I remember me coming through, I had quite a lot of experienced players [around me] which is again very different so I feel I think he will be able to fit right in to the generation of team that’s coming through.

“I feel he will have a very good career.”

Bale joined Tottenham for £10m in 2007 and eventually became one of the Premier League and Europe’s finest attackers when he changed positions.

Real Madrid spent £85m on him in 2013 and he has played 100 times for Wales since.