‘He will adapt very quickly’ – Former Celtic manager excited by Tierney’s Arsenal move
Ex-Celtic manager Ronny Deila has high hopes for Kieran Tierney following his recent move to Arsenal.
Tierney signed for the Gunners on deadline day for a £25m fee, making his switch the most expensive transfer for a Scottish player.
And Deila, who was in charge of Celtic when Tierney first broke into the senior side, has no worries about the full-back following his move to the Premier League – and has backed the 22-year-old to acclimatise to the demands of the English top flight.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Deila spoke about his discovery of Tierney’s early promise, saying: “People did not want to play against him. He was so aggressive. His attitude was maybe the best I have ever seen.
“He had a physique that was unbelievable — so quick, he had stamina, he was strong. He was also intelligent and at the same time very good one against one, going both ways. The ability, football-wise, was really, really good. But the best was his attitude.
“He is growing up all the time. Technically he has improved as well. His crossing is better, but he still needs to work on that to get to the highest level. For me, he just needs to be injury-free. Then he will learn and he will adapt very quickly to the level he goes to. I am not scared of him going to Arsenal — he will adapt to the top level of the Premier League very quick, I’m sure.”
Deila is not the only one singing the praises of Tierney as he prepares to start his Arsenal career – with former Gunners and Celtic player Charlie Nicholas of the opinion that Tierney enters the side as their best option at left-back, telling Sky Sports: “Tierney has improved a lot, he’d be better than what Arsenal currently have.
“Going to a big club like Arsenal, in the Premier League, you can’t guarantee trophies, but they are signing a very good left-back who can get better.”
So it seems, ahead of this new chapter in Tierney’s career, there is plenty of hope that the Scot can become a success at Arsenal.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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