Valentino Livramento is apparently concerned about breaking through at Chelsea because of the breadth of talent already ahead of him in the queue.
According to sources at The Athletic, Livramento is ‘worried’ that his opportunities with the first team will be slim next season, such is the strength of Thomas Tuchel’s team.
The 18-year-old enjoyed an excellent campaign with the U21 side and was named Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year.
Right-back to the start
He is recognised as a right-back or right-winger, positions that are pretty well stocked in the senior group.
Reece James has prevailed as one of the finest full-backs in the country, his reputation heighted further following his Champions League final performance.
Cesar Azpilicueta is also a very reliable option, but is gradually making the transition into centre-back.
Both James and Azpilicueta spent the second half of 2020/21 playing at wing-back, in coordination with Tuchel’s favoured formation.
This is a role many feel Livramento could fulfil, if given the opportunity.
But the teenager might have another defender to compete with; The Athletic report that Chelsea are still interested in Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi.
A lot of attackers
And the competition doesn’t get much easier further up the field.
Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech; all have been jostling for similar roles in Tuchel’s front line.
However, Livramento’s talents have clearly not gone unnoticed by the Chelsea boss.
Twice has Tuchel named the youngster on his bench for Premier League matches and allowed him to train with his group of stars.
There is set to be a lot of movement in and out of Stamford Bridge this summer, some that may or may not heavily affect Livramento’s chances.