Dan Ashworth fought long and hard last summer to bring in Tino Livramento from Southampton.
The Croydon-born right back just turned 21 last Sunday, and at the time, he was a regular playing for the Saints (34 appearances, one goal, two assists).
The fee raised some eyebrows on Tyneside, as Southampton initially wanted £40M for the then 20-year-old.
But Ashworth was persistent and agreed a deal for an initial £32M with £8M in add-ons, depending on the player reaching defined goals at Newcastle.
And in the player’s first 3 starts, he was Man of the Match and looks ready right now to play regularly for Newcastle.
With Dan Burn being out a few months with a back injury, it will help Tino get some first-team playing time with maybe Kieran Trippier moving over to left back to accommodate Tino in the first team.
Livramento is currently with the England U21 side, and had this to say to the Mail on moving up north to Newcastle:
“The move was a tough decision, don’t get me wrong,”
“Anyone in my position, to have that opportunity, would do what I’ve done.”
“It’s a new experience, not only a new club but a new part of England all the way up north. It’s been exciting.”
“There are a lot of fans you see when you go out for a coffee but they’re always respectful, nice and kind.”
“It feels like a family up there, everyone loves you.”
It’s pleasing to hear that Tino likes it at Newcastle, because he could become both a Newcastle and England superstar in the future.
He is looking almost like the finished product at times when playing for the first team, and with Eddie Howe guiding him – he cannot go far wrong.
Tino has turned out to be yet another stellar signing for Newcastle by Dan Ashworth and his talented team.
Long may that continue at Newcastle.