Kieran Tierney is “one of the best left-backs in the Premier League” and a model of consistency for Arsenal that is not “flashy” and a steady “seven out of 10 and above every week”, says Nigel Winterburn.
The Gunners knew what they were buying into when doing a deal with Celtic in 2019, with Tierney having seen a move to the Premier League mooted for some time.
Injuries stunted his early progress, but Tierney is now a key part of Mikel Arteta’s plans and a man being billed as a future Arsenal captain in the making.
Winterburn, who once filled the same role for the Gunners, believes the23-year-old is already part of British football’s elite, telling FreeSuperTips: “When Kieran Tierney first came to Arsenal, he was injuredandunable to train with the team. He came inon a separate rehabilitationprogrammeinitially, but now we are starting to see what he can reallyproduceon aregular basis.
“He’sone of the best left backs in the Premier League, when you consider his consistency, his crossing and the chances he creates.
“How successful he willbewill dependon how many games he plays, howmanytrophies he wins, buthe’sup there with the bestfull-backsin the Premier League. His level of performancehas beengreat.
“You don’t need anything flashy from your defenders, you need them to do their job well and be seven out of 10and aboveevery week, which is exactly what he does.”
While Tierney continues to thrive on the left, it has been suggested that Arsenal could do with finding an upgrade on Hector Bellerin in their right-back berth.
Winterburn added on those claims: “A team willalways look to see whether they can improvein certainpositions. As a manager, along with your coaching staff and scouting network, you’d never say youwerelookingfora position to upgrade.
“They may not be looking for upgradesincertain positions and for their main players, but if a player pops up that could be better – or eventually be better – than what you’ve got,you’d besilly not to consider them.
“HectorBellerinhad that sensational seasona few years ago buthe picked up a bad injury andhe’sstill working through thatinjury.
Source : goal.com