Danny Rose told The Lockdown Tactics podcast – as per Goal – that he is an admirer of Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney but feels sympathetic towards the Scottish star for his injury-plagued first campaign in English football.
Tierney, 22, joined Arsenal last summer for a fee of £25million (BBC) from Celtic – after clocking up 170 appearances in all competitions for the Scottish champions, and winning 11 pieces of silverware including five league titles.
An icon among Celtic supporters, Tierney was renowned for his ability to bomb down the left flank and create goals – scoring eight and laying on 37 assists in that time. It saw him join Arsenal, but injuries have prevented him from shining.
Indeed, Tierney has managed just 11 games for Arsenal – sidelined since December with a dislocated shoulder. Tottenham star Rose, who is on loan at Newcastle, is a big fan of Tierney but feels sympathetic for the left-back.
“I tried to watch the Celtic games in the Champions League when they were on the television. Brendan Rodgers said at that time that Kieran was one of the best in Europe,” Rose said.
“As soon as Brendan said that then I took an interest in him. I feel very sorry for him this season as he’s had a bit of bad luck with injury. I do rate the two of them very highly but [Andy] Robertson is the best.”
TBR’s view – What does Tierney need at Arsenal to shine next season?
Mikel Arteta has put his faith in young players since becoming Gunnres gaffer and if he has both Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney fit, you would expect the Spanish boss to pick Tierney over Kolasinac.
But Tierney needs to be made to feel that he is the undisputed first-choice left-back, and requires the patience of a very expectant fanbase. It must be remembered that Tierney is only 22 and has had to leave his boyhood club.
Tierney needs patience and to become first choice to replicate his best but when he does, Arsenal will benefit.