The pundit reckons the £25m ace could be pushing to leave Arsenal for Newcastle
Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney may now be pushing to leave the Gunners, while Premier League rivals Newcastle United offer the Scotland international a fresh start at St James’ Park.
At least, that’s Danny Murphy’s take on the situation.
The former Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and England star talks to talkSPORT (May 24, 10.40am) would not be surprised to see Kieran Tierney on the way to elimination after a season in which he has played just six Premier League games under Mikel Arteta.
As the former Manchester City head coach at Arsenal emulates Pep Guardiola’s ‘reverse full-back’ system, Tierney is starting to look like a square peg in a round hole. It lacked Oleksandr Zinchenko’s passing range and tactical understanding.
But what he lacks in this area, he makes up for with speed, energy and plenty of spot-on crosses. Tierney is likely to become a born-again man in Newcastle; Magpies boss Eddie Howe requires his full-backs to keep width rather than drifting into the field.
The times I think the ex-Celtic youngster is now likely to end up at St James’ Park.
Arsenal could sell Kieran Tierney to Newcastle United
“The kid himself is obviously a good player,” Murphy explains.
“Maybe he’s pushing, keeps knocking on the door and saying (to Arteta); “Look, I know you have Zinchenko and he’s a good player, but if you want me to be number two here, that’s not going to happen.”
Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic in 2019 in a £25m deal.
Moving north again, the Douglas-born aviator will give Howe something he didn’t really have during his entire tenure at Newcastle; a true attack-oriented left-back. One that can offer a whole other dimension to the 6ft 7in tall Dan Burn.
“I really like Kieran Tierney,” said former Premier League striker Stan Collymore Caught offside. “When he joined Arsenal there were a lot of comparisons (to) Liverpool’s Andy Robertson.
“Robertson has obviously asserted himself and developed into a real world-class left-back. And Tierney has been somewhat stagnant due to injuries and fitness issues.
“However, I still think that at the age of 25 – and with Howe’s exceptional individual coaching methods – there is still plenty of time for the Scot to celebrate the same successes as Liverpool’s number 26.”
“If Newcastle have the cash to look for quality signings in the summer then there is absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t go out and get Tierney.
“He would be a really good player for them. He would offer a very good balance. He loves to go forward, but he’s also solid on defense.”
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