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Arsenal Left-Back Is Open To Joining Newcastle United: Should Howe Get Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

In a recent report, The Chronicle revealed that Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney is open to joining Newcastle United. It has been claimed that the Scotland international won’t mind joining the Magpies if he continues to receive limited playing time at the North London club.

Tierney’s Growing Struggles In North London This Season

Tierney is having a tough campaign at the Emirates Stadium as he has often found himself behind Oleksandr Zinchenko in Mikel Arteta’s pecking order. The 25-year-old has registered one goal and one assist in 25 matches for the Gunners this season across all fronts.

The Scottish sensation has seen most his appearances come as a substitute which explains why he is only averaging 0.6 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 0.8 clearances, 0.3 shots and 0.2 key passes per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has distributed the ball relatively well after completing 76.7% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the North London club is set to run out in the summer of 2026. Therefore, it won’t be easy for Newcastle to land Tierney on the cheap at the end of this season.

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Should Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe Get Kieran Tierney On Board?

Tierney is a solid tackler of the ball and can make a few timely interceptions for his side when he is playing regularly and with confidence on the pitch. He doesn’t mind clearing the danger when needed and is a good crosser of the ball as well.

The 35-time Scotland international can make a few energetic runs down the left flank but needs to work on improving his shooting. Tierney is primarily a left-back but can also function as a left-sided wide player or as a centre-back if his manager asks him to do so. However, there are some concerns over his recent injury history which makes him a risky option for the Magpies to pursue at the end of this campaign.

We can expect Tierney to add more quality to Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe‘s defence and is good enough to rival Dan Burn for a regular starting spot at St. James’ Park. He has got enough Premier League experience under his belt and won’t take any time to settle into life at Newcastle.

Hence, the Tyneside club would be wise to engineer a move to bring him on board during the summer transfer window. At 25, Tierney’s best years are ahead of him which makes him a decent choice for the Magpies to pursue during the summer transfer window.

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