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Newcastle United: Magpies urged to sign Kieran Tierney

Newcastle United: Magpies urged to sign Kieran Tierney - Newcastle United News

talkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has urged Newcastle United to sign Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney this summer.

The Lowdown: Newcastle interest

It was reported in February that Newcastle are ‘closely monitoring’ Tierney’s situation at Arsenal ahead of a potential move this summer.

They want to sign a brand new starting left-back, and the Scotland international is valued at around £30m.

The Latest: ‘Get it done’

Speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor has urged the St. James’ Park outfit to sign Tierney this summer, claiming that he would be a ‘top signing’:

“I think he would be a good fit at Newcastle.

“It really hasn’t worked for him at Arsenal.

“He’s probably really considering where he stands right now. He’s not getting a look in when it comes to league games.

“Arsenal are going in a completely different direction to him. He needs to sign for a club where he’s number one.

“That’s not going to happen at Arsenal – ever.

“Zinchenko is the number one, and we’ve even seen Tomiyasu there.

“I just don’t think he’s at the level that Arsenal need. But as a sixth-place player – I think he’d be a top signing. Get it done, Eddie Howe.”

The Verdict: Why not?

If a player of Tierney’s quality becomes available from a Premier League rival, then the Tynesiders should be taking the opportunity with open arms.

Lauded as a ‘warrior‘ by Arsenal and England legend Ashley Cole, he ranks in the 92nd percentile for progressive passes per game of all left-backs in Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, as well as in the 89th for progressive carries, 84th for passes attempted and 81st for non-penalty xG and shots (FBRef).

He would offer much more of an attacking threat than Dan Burn in this sense, who could then slot into a more natural centre-back position while still offering depth on the left.

Nonetheless, Tierney already boasts the top-flight experience, and so should be able to settle in fairly quickly at the Magpies, should he make the move this summer.

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