Arsenal secured Kieran Tierney’s services in August of 2019.
The full-back had previously stood as one of Celtic’s standout stars, so when the Hoops demanded £25m, a Scottish transfer record to part with him, it didn’t come as too much of a surprise.
Despite having been the most expensive player to ever come out of the SPL, though, Tierney’s stint in north London didn’t get off to a great start.
The Scotsman was carrying an injury when he first joined Arsenal, meaning he didn’t make his Premier League debut until the end of October.
Then, just when it looked as though Tierney was finally finding his feet at the Emirates, he suffered a shoulder injury that ruled him out until March.
However, since football’s restart in June, the former Celtic star has remained injury-free, and is finally showcasing his true talent.
Strachan praises Tierney
Tierney featured in all of Arsenal’s league outings since the restart, impressing at both left-back and on the left of a three-man central defensive unit.
Now, as outlined above, Tierney’s recent exploits have earned him some high praise from fellow countryman Gordon Strachan.
The former Middlesbrough boss, during an interview with the Daily Mail, praised Tierney for his ‘lunatic mentality’, before going as far as to compare the stopper to Virgil van Dijk.
Strachan claimed that whilst the Arsenal man isn’t in the same class as VVD yet, there are similarities between Tierney and the Liverpool stalwart:
“He has what I call that lunatic mentality, and I mean that in a good way.
“He was like Scott Brown at Celtic. It gets cold in Glasgow you know but those two would walk around with just their T-shirts on.
“Kieran has a first-class approach. He listens and takes in information and, crucially, he listens to what you are telling other players too so that he understands their roles also.
“He is bright and he smells danger, just like Virgil van Dijk does at Liverpool. He isn’t in that class yet but there are similarities.
“And he backs himself. He is brave like that.
“Many full backs or central defenders won’t push out on to a winger, for example. They are happy to let them cross. At least they can’t get beaten or embarrassed that way.
“Kieran won’t do that. He will get out there and say, ‘If you are going to cross this, you will have to get by me first’.”
Quotes via Goal.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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