It’s been a disappointing few days for Kieran Tierney, with an injury sustained in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat against Liverpool set to keep him out for between four and six weeks.
The layoff robs Arsenal of one of their few positives in an otherwise underwhelming season, with Tierney having turned in a number of impressive performances during the current campaign.
Having endured injury difficulties after arriving from Celtic for £25m in 2019, he clicked into gear after the post-shutdown return of football last summer and went on to be named the club’s Player of the Month for June.
He’s also been Scotland’s standout player in recent matches, contributing a hat-trick of assists in last month’s 4-0 win against Faroe Islands.
Such is his current form, Charlie Adam believes some of Europe’s biggest clubs could come calling this summer for the left-back.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound, former Rangers and Stoke midfielder Adam said: “Would it surprise me if a Real Madrid, a Man City or any of the clubs in the top echelons come in for him in the summer?
“I think he’s ready now. He’s 23, he signed for Arsenal injured and was out for a spell with groin and shoulders problems.
“But he’s come back and has matured into a top player. I believe he can go to the next level again. You’re starting at £50m too.
“It’s four to six weeks but he’s got plenty of time. He should be fit by May 19 so that’s a month before the Euros.
“He’ll hope to get a couple of Arsenal games in before the end of the season.
“It’ll be a blow for him because he was playing so well for Arsenal and Scotland.
“But in hindsight he might be fresh by the time the summer comes as well. It’s a blow but he will make the Euros. It’s not as if he’ll be ruled out.”