Arsenal fans may be excited about the prospect of signing the injury-prone Kieran Tierney, but will he be a good investment?
As already alluded to, Tierney’s injuries are a cause for concern. Additionally, Arsenal’s Scottish imports have been less-than-impressive. Stepping back in time, for a moment, cast your mind back to when the Gunners signed Giovanni van Bronckhorst from Glasgow Rangers. Undoubtedly, he was a good player, but he didn’t really cut the mustard at Arsenal.
Of course, for every Charlie Nicholas there’s a Peter Marinello, and that’s the risk you take. However, I don’t really think Scotland is the best league to recruit from anymore. Back in the 70s, it probably was, but those days have gone.
The other thing disturbing about the transfer rumour regarding Tierney is talk of players heading in the opposite direction. My first reaction was to think maybe the club could successfully offload Mkhitaryan, a player it’s easy to imagine visiting fans’ toilets and leaving a terrible stench behind, but not taking responsibility for it. Such is the impact made at Arsenal by the ex-Man Utd star!
Upon reading the rumour more carefully, it seems (incredibly) that Arsenal are ready to offer Neck-Tie, Smith-Rowe or a couple of other youngsters to Celtic in part-exchange.
To offer Smith-Rowe would be bordering on insanity, as the youngster is one of the best young prospects seen at Arsenal in recent years.
Neck-Tie, meanwhile, is not indispensable and may score hatfuls of goals north of the border, despite not being able to really cut it down south.
One good thing about Tierney is his versatility. For that alone, he may be worth signing, but not at the expense of Smith-Rowe.