Ray Parlour has told TalkSPORT – as quoted by Goal – that Arsenal need to keep Kieran Tierney this summer amid reported interest from his old Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City.
Tierney, 23, joined Arsenal last summer for £25million (Goal) from Scottish champions Celtic after Rodgers had left the Hoops just a few months earlier. However, his first season in English football has stuttered, with injury reaking havoc.
A long-standing hip problem was finally shaken off, only for Tierney to dislocate his shoulder in a 3-1 win over West Ham United. He was limited to just 11 appearances in all competitions before the suspension of football.
Rodgers is keen to take him to Leicester this summer with Ben Chilwell expected to move to Chelsea in a big-money move. But Gunners icon Parlour has urged Arsenal to keep Tierney, predicting big things to come from the left-sided flyer.
“What I’ve seen of him when he’s played, he looks a very exciting player,” Parlour said. “His age as well will come into it; he’s only a young lad. I would definitely keep him, and once he’s fit give him a run in the team and have a look at him properly.”
TBR’s view – Should Tierney be kept at Arsenal?
It is hardly the Scotland international’s fault that he has been unable to replicate the form he showed at Parkhead. Even if Arsenal are given the chance to make a profit on Tierney, he would be extremely difficult to replace.
Chilwell is proof. A top left-back, the England international is being touted at figures above £50million – double what Arsenal paid for Tierney. Keeping him and giving him a chance of Sead Kolasinac is crucial, because when Tierney is fit, he is excellent.