Kieran Tierney has quickly achieved ‘fan favourite’ status at Arsenal.
The defender completed a move to north London last year for a reported £25 million (BBC Sport), and has arguably already justfied that outlay.
His first term was interrupted slightly by injury problems, but the Scotland international made the most of his opportunities when he got them, impressing particularly during Project Restart.
Arsenal appear to be stronger defensively when he’s on the field, and there is a statistic to back that up.
Planet Football have compared how Arsenal get on results-wise with and without Tierney in the starting XI.
The 23-year-old has made 24 starts, and the Gunners have won 14 of those games, drawing six and losing just four, giving a win rate of 58.3%.
When Tierney has not started, the rate drops. Without him, Arsenal have played 35 games and won 15, drawn 12 and lost eight, giving a win rate of 42.9%.
TBR’s View – Tierney has become vital for Arsenal
Most fans would have said Arsenal’s starting XI is better for having Tierney in it anyway, but the statistics are now there for all to see.
Quite simply, the former Celtic star has solidified the left side of the Gunners’ defence, which has been a persistent issue for a number of years.
Whether the £80,000-a-week star (Spotrac) is playing as a left-sided centre-half or a left-back, the outcome is usually the same in that Tierney performs to a high level.