Tino Livramento left a very short but sweet assessment on social media about his former Chelsea colleague Lewis Bate yesterday.
Bate was in action for England Under-20s last night against their Italian equivalent.
Although the fixture was only a friendly, over 6,000 fans turned up at Chesterfield’s Technique Stadium to cheer on the Young Lions.
And they were treated to a very enjoyable 1-1 draw, with an array of exciting prospects on show.
Chelsea loanees Tino Anjorn and Henry Lawrence both featured in the match.
But one young Englishman stood tallest above his compatriots.
With the first half drawing to a close and the home side trailing, Bate managed to slot home an equaliser just before the break.
His night was unfortunately cut short, as the Leeds United midfielder sustained an injury 15 minutes from time.
But this didn’t detract from the teenager’s display.
Nor did it prevent Livramento from showering praise upon the player he once shared a dressing room with.
He and Bate were part of the lucrative Chelsea development squad that won the Premier League 2 title in 2019/20.
Despite their prominence in the junior teams, neither saw an obvious step up to the seniors.
Instead, the gifted duo departed Stamford Bridge in the summer to seek greener pastures.
Goodbye to the Blues
Livramento joined Southampton, a move that’s since proved extremely beneficial for the defender.
Meanwhile, Bate signed for Leeds in a deal worth £1.5m (Goal).
The two talented starlets were part of a wider Cobham exodus in the previous transfer market.
Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi and Tammy Abraham’s exits are certainly the most glaring examples of what Chelsea once had on their doorstep.
Dynel Simeu, Myles Peart-Harris and Pierre Ekwah all also left in the latest window, having risen through the Blues ranks.