After arriving from Chelsea in the summer transfer window, 19-year-old right-back Tino Livramento has been a shining light in the Southampton squad this season.
The defender cost the Premier League side £ 5million and speaking to talkSPORT, Theo Walcott praised his teammate.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl trusted him but will be delighted to see his right-back return the favor.
Livramento’s remarkable displays might even see it become one of the transfer window bargains.
He has started every league game for the club so far this season and in doing so has helped his team keep five clean sheets and provided a goal and an assist going forward.
Unfortunately for his manager and everyone associated with the club, they could resign themselves to losing Livramento as the Blues have a £ 25million buyout clause.
The biggest compliment to the youngster, however, came from his teammate Theo Walcott who praised the youngster and even compared him to Gareth Bale, who went through Southampton academy.
“You can just see he’s got an aura around him,” the former Arsenal man said on Darren Bent’s Boot Room show on talkSPORT.
“He’s completely changed, which is really nice to see when you have a little more confidence playing, he’s not as shy and shy where he’s a little more present.
“It just shows that there is a future star out there, but again we have to be careful like we always do, but that’s why we love football, isn’t it?” I can’t complain he was absolutely fantastic.
“Do you know what, he kinda reminds me of Gareth when he came in as a full-back.
“It’s a big statement of course to compare him to someone like that, but just to feel his presence and his driving style, his pace and his power and it’s no surprise you know what he is. go do.
“He’s so strong with the ball and very smart and technically he’s fantastic.”
“He has good people around him and the good thing about Tino is that he has huge players around him and I think it’s important to have players of the same age close to you. .
“I remember my visit, I had a lot of experienced players [around me] which is again very different, so I think he will be able to fit in perfectly with the generation of team that is looming.
“I think he will have a very good career.”
Bale joined Tottenham for £ 10million in 2007 and eventually became one of the best forwards in the Premier League and Europe when he changed roles.
Real Madrid spent £ 85million on him in 2013 and he has played 100 times for Wales since.