Scottish football pundit Kevin Gallacher has backed Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney to come good following his struggles in his first season at the Emirates Stadium, in conversation with the Glasgow Evening Times.
The left-back joined Arsenal last summer from Celtic in a reported £25million deal, arriving in North London to much fanfare given his heroics for the Scottish Premiership team.
However, Tierney – who was nursing a hip problem when he joined the Gunners – has made just 12 senior appearances since his arrival at the Emirates Stadium.
After a taste of first-team action in the closing months of 2019, the 22-year-old picked up a shoulder injury midway through December which has kept him out of action since.
In Tierney’s absence, Bukayo Saka has stepped up and made a name for himself, while the Scotland international has become somewhat of a forgotten man.
However, former Scotland ace Gallacher claims that there will be “no stopping” the former Hoops star once he returns to fitness and starts getting regular minutes for Arsenal.
“I know the quality Kieran has,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“He just has to show that consistently for Arsenal. It is only a matter of time before he comes good. He has just got to get through this period. When he does that there will be no stopping him.”
Tierney has had a tough time this season due to circumstances out of his control, but his heroics for Celtic cannot be forgotten – he is a major talent and has plenty of years ahead of him.
The 22-year-old will surely prove his credentials for the Gunners when he can get a consistent run of games together next season, plus he’s a strong one-on-one defender too.
Arsenal have had some defensive issues this season but, whenever next season begins, there is plenty to be excited about regarding what Tierney can do.