Tino Livramento has only trained with Newcastle United a few times, but he is already impressing his new manager Eddie Howe.
The club announced the arrival of Livramento earlier this week, with the 20-year-old arriving from Southampton for around £32million. The deal takes Newcastle’s summer spending well beyond £100million.
He will hope to make his Toon debut against Aston Villa in the first game of the Premier League season. However, if that does happen it will come off the bench. That is because Kieran Trippier is nailed on to start at right-back for the Magpies.
Livramento is going to have to wait for an opportunity, and one will certainly come his way if he impresses Howe in training.
Fortunately for the youngster, that is exactly what he is already doing.
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Eddie Howe is already really happy with Tino Livramento
Ahead of the game against Aston Villa, Howe spoke to the media. He discussed the arrival of Livramento, and provided details on how he has performed in training so far.
“He’s fully fit and he’s training, so there’s no issues there,” he said.
“It’s more for us to be mindful of his load and all the things that come with signing any new player, (like a) change in training intensity. All those things are important things that we try and get right.
“He’s already impressed me greatly in training this week. An exciting signing.”
Newcastle will manage Livramento carefully
Howe is going to be careful with Livramento, as he is not long recovered from an ACL injury. While he is back to fitness now, it is important that the club manage his load carefully, as Howe says.
But the fact that he already looks good in training is encouraging, and he is only going to get better.
Livramento has a golden opportunity to learn from Trippier, and the new signing has already stated how much he is looking forward to working with the England international.
Trippier will make Livramento a better player, ensuring he is perfectly equipped to take his place in the side when the time comes.
For now, Livramento must continue to impress in training and hope for minutes off the bench. While he has not been a Newcastle player for long, it would be great to see him make his debut against Aston Villa and introduce himself to the St James’ Park crowd.