A big update has emerged on Newcastle United and their interest in Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney heading into the summer transfer window…
Gunners reporter Layth Yousif has claimed that PIF are considering a swoop for the Scotland international ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Matt Targett spent the second half of 2021/22 on loan to the Toon from Aston Villa and the club are now pondering their options at left-back as the window opens next month.
Layth Tweeted: “EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle weigh up £50m bid for Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney. Newcastle boss Eddie Howe ponders £50m bid for Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney – but Gunners defender happy with Mikel Arteta’s project.”
If PIF can seal a deal to bring the former Celtic flyer to St. James’ Park then they would form an exciting full-back pairing for the club for next season.
Trippier, who joined from Atletico Madrid in January, has already showcased his attacking quality at Premier League level. In six top-flight outings, he created seven chances and scored two goals – both free-kicks – as he provided support for the attackers.
Tierney, meanwhile, has also shown that he has the ability to make things happen in the final third when he bursts forward. Since the start of 2020/21, the Scotland international has produced two goals, six assists and five ‘big chances’ created from left-back for the Gunners.
Former Manchester United full-back and now-pundit Gary Neville previously dubbed him a “brilliant threat going forward” and the statistics back that up, whilst his defending has also been praised with Ashley Cole calling him a “warrior” on the pitch.
This shows that both players have the required quality in possession to play key roles in an attacking system, which means that Eddie Howe would have two full-backs who can join in with attacks. It will provide Newcastle with threats all over the pitch and cause problems for opposition defenders as they decide who to mark.
Therefore, PIF must work hard to get a deal over the line for Tierney if Arsenal are willing to enter negotiations for his services. He has proven his quality in the Premier League and would be an excellent addition to the Toon squad for many years to come, with scope for development at the age of 24.
Now, imagine both Kierans bombing down the flanks to score and create goals from full-back for the Magpies next season…