Leicester’s new boss Brendan Rodgers has identified Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney as a possible replacement for Ben Chilwell according to the Scottish Sun, and the switch seems ideal for the Foxes.
The Daily Mail linked Chilwell with a move to Manchester City back in December and, if Pep Guardiola does move for the 22-year-old, it’ll be hard to stop him. The forward-thinking full-back would take some replacing at Leicester though, but Tierney could fit the bill well.
The Scotsman has made 15 appearances for Celtic this season, making five assists in the process and at 21-years-old his future is looking promising. He’s come through the ranks in Glasgow, so Rodgers knows the youngster well and clearly rates him considering the game time he’s been given this campaign.
There’ll be lots of pressure on him if Chilwell does leave and he arrives as his direct replacement because there won’t be time to be slowly edged into the first team as he has been at Celtic Park. He’ll be expected to perform from the off in a division miles ahead of the one he’s used to playing in, but the pressure of playing for Celtic should have prepared him well.
Following the manager who gave him his first taste of senior football would give him confidence that Rodgers believes in him, and that’ll help him adapt to the Premier League quicker than if he signed for a club like Arsenal who he’s also been linked with in the Scottish Sun. Although he’ll have to prove himself to the fans, he won’t feel the need to prove himself to his manager because he’s already done that at Celtic.
The move makes sense for the player and for Leicester too because Celtic don’t usually demand a high fee for their players and their new manager knows the player fits their system, so he’s less of a risk.
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