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Tottenham Hotspur Defensive Target Priced At £30m By Celtic: Time For Spurs To Look The Other Way?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Tottenham Hotspur are pressed between the tracks as Celtic have set an asking price of £30m for Kieran Tierney. The young fullback is one of the players on Mauricio Pochettino’s summer shortlist after various reports came out hinting at Danny Rose’s exit from White Hart Lane.

Tierney is a Scottish prodigy, having already shown his prowess in the European top-flight. When asked about a potential move to either of the Premier League clubs, the 20-year-old revealed, “I’m not thinking of anyone other than Celtic just now. I’m enjoying my career here. I’ve just signed a six-year deal, so if that doesn’t say long-term I don’t know what does.”

Tierney is a boyhood fan of the Hoops and has extended his contract till the summer of 2023. He passed out of Celtic youth ranks with flying colours to make a significant mark on the senior team.

In the midst of the team’s treble-winning celebrations, Tierney could possibly be called the most impactful player in the squad. The youngster has not only filled his role as a defensive option, he also managed to assist his teammates 11 times in the past season.

He also chipped in with 4 goals from his 52 appearances in the treble winning season. He is one of the favourites of Brendan Rodgers and has earned his starting spot through sheer hard work and incomparable talent.

His abilities with the ball lies well beyond the occasional crosses and a few interceptions plays from the wide areas. Tierney is as technical as midfielders are these days and has the eye for the right pass.

He is disciplined with his tackling and positional sense. Straying forward to provide width is almost second nature to him as seen in almost every single fullback in the modern game. Tierney has the potential to make massive strides in the Premier League if given the opportunity to shine. However, is Tottenham Hotspur the right club for him at this very instance? No is the answer, unfortunately.

Pochettino has able performers in Ben Davies and Rose. Both of them are first-team internationals (even though it’s mind-boggling to see Rose get selected for England over Ryan Bertrand) and has been vetted in the Argentine’s system for years.

Until and unless someone quits the North London club in the summer window it would be pointless to even think about getting Tierney, let alone spend £30m on him.

Read More: Tottenham Hotspur Interested In £16m West Brom Attacking Star: Good Fit For Pochettino’s Plans?

Plus the player himself seems content at Glasgow and could use some more development of his footballing skills before taking that final leap towards the big leagues. So it might be a good ploy for Pochettino to look elsewhere if he is in dire need of a fullback.

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