This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When Kieran Tierney broke into the starting XI at Celtic, fans could tell they had a real gem on their hands, and perhaps many were gutted when the player made a move to Premier League side Arsenal last summer. However, it looks like the Celts may have ultimately made the right decision to sell him and he turned out to be a great profit player for the club.
Tierney came through the Hoops’ academy ranks, something which football fans often love to see. The fact that they can call the player ‘one of their own’ resonates with fan bases and the defender quickly became a fan favourite at Parkhead.
Since he made his debut in 2015, per Transfermarkt, the left-back made 170 appearances in all competitions for the Celts, scoring eight goals whilst also providing a very impressive 37 assists, highlighting how good he is as an attacking full-back.
Did Tierney leave Celtic at the right time?
This quality did not go unnoticed and, in the summer of 2019, the Gunners manage to acquire the defender for £24.3m, an offer that the Hoops could not refuse. Even though the five-time Premiership winner was a consistent starter for the Celts, his career hasn’t exactly gone to plan in England.
Arsenal signed the Scottish international whilst he was carrying an injury, per Transfermarkt, and he didn’t recover until September. He was then in and out of the starting XI until he suffered another injury in December which ruled him out for the foreseeable future. He looks likely to return playing soon, with the Premier League set to resume following its coronavirus-enforced postponement in March, but the injury might have kept him out until the end of the season if it had carried on as originally scheduled.
Tierney is already being linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, which the Gunners might allow due to his injury struggles, with Brendan Rodgers wanting to reunite with the player by talking him to Leicester City.
In total the left-back has only made 11 appearances so far in his debut campaign for the north London side, and the Hoops may believe that they managed to get a lot of money for him considering how little he has played at Arsenal. The fact that he was also from their academy means that all the money they made on him was profit, highlighting how good a deal this seems to be proving.
Celtic fans, would you have liked to see Tierney stay or did the Hoops cash in on him at the right time? Comment below with your views!
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