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Strachan: There are similarities between Kieran Tierney and Liverpool’s van Dijk
Arsenal secured Kieran Tierneys services in August of 2019.
The full-back had previously been one of Celtics standout stars so when the Hoops demanded £25m for him, a Scottish transfer record, it didnt come as too much of a shock.
Despite being the most expensive player to come out of the SPL, though, Tierneys stint in north London didnt get off a great start.
The Scotsman was carrying an injury when he first joined Arsenal, meaning he didnt make his Premier League debut until the end of October.
Then, just as it looked as though Tierney was finally finding his feet in north London, he suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out until March.
However, since the restart, the former Celtic star has remained injury-free and is finally showcasing his true talent.
Tierney has featured in all of Arsenals league ties since the restart, impressing at both left-back and on the left of a three-man defensive pairing.
Now, in a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Tierneys exploits have earned him some high praise from his fellow countryman, Gordan Strachan.
The former Middlesbrough boss praised Tierney for his lunatic mentality and his ability to smell danger like Virgil van Dijk.
Strachan even claimed that whilst the Arsenal man isnt in the same class as VVD yet, there are similarities between Tierney and the Liverpool stopper:
He has what I call that lunatic mentality, and I mean that in a good way.
He was like Scott Brown at Celtic. It gets cold in Glasgow you know but those two would walk around with just their T-shirts on.
Kieran has a first-class approach. He listens and takes in information and, crucially, he listens to what you are telling other players too so that he understands their roles also.
He is bright and he smells danger, just like Virgil van Dijk does at Liverpool. He isn’t in that class yet but there are similarities.
And he backs himself. He is brave like that.
Many full backs or central defenders won’t push out on to a winger, for example. They are happy to let them cross. At least they can’t get beaten or embarrassed that way.
Kieran won’t do that. He will get out there and say, If you are going to cross this, you will have to get by me first.
Quotes via Goal.