Arsenal man tipped to win Ballon D’or – Guess who?

Ex Chelsea man showers huge praise on current Arsenal man

Former Scottish international and Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has expressed his clear admiration for Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney.

The Scotsman who joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019, has been one of the better players at North London in the past few years.

His performances on the pitch and leadership qualities off it has made him the perfect candidate for the captaincy position at the Emirates Stadium.

Nevin, who made 119 appearances for Chelsea, said that the Arsenal man is “good enough to join any club,” following the reports linking Tierney to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

“If he did join Real Madrid then I’m convinced he would have no problem fitting in there: he wouldn’t need time to settle or adjust,” he told the Glasgow Times. “Kieran’s good enough to join any club in the world and hit the ground running.”

Few Arsenal fans would disagree with the above statement. Ever since his arrival almost three years ago, the 24-year-old has been a breath of fresh air.

There’s no point in arguing with the fact that the former Celtic man is one of the most rounded full backs in Europe at the moment.

There are few left backs in the world who are as effective as him not just defensively but offensively too.

Nevin did not put a full stop there. The former striker continued, “I genuinely believe he can go on to win the Ballon d’Or. Only one defender – Fabio Cannavarro, who captained the Italian World Cup-winning side in 2006 – has ever won that prize but it’s not impossible for KT to emulate him.”

With the Scottish international just 24, you can only wonder when he will reach his full potential. Arsenal will certainly want to see his best years at North London.

But keeping their star man at home base might prove to be a difficult task if the Gunners don’t qualify for the Champions League this season.

A lot is on the line. The club’s faithful would not just be hoping for a place in Europe this season but a place on the most prestigious stage.

A stage where they last performed on all the way back in 2017.

Yash Bisht

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  1. There are only three defenders that won Ballon d’Or and none of them is a fullback

    Robertson is still ahead of him, because Liverpool’s main creators are their fullbacks

  2. @gotanidea I disagree with your opinion of Robertson ahead of full backs like Reece James when it comes to productivity and defensive astuteness, and for Tierney you will see his out put when we finally have a striker that can attack crosses.

    Robertson is playing a settled system while Tierney has been playing a disjointed team with the wrong profile of forwards who cant turnover his creativity.

    1. Robertson’s defending skills might not be as good as the other top EPL fullbacks, but he’s surely one of the most productive attacking fullback in the world

      As you said, Robertson has been playing in a mature system that utilizes the attacking fullbacks as the main playmakers

  3. I think that’s right gotanidea

    I also think that creativity is something KT will improve on next season sam Pedro, when I think this team will really come together with a couple of new strikers

    There’s a lot to like about KT and I think he has come a long way this season, he has improved his defending and positional play since the first three League games of the season and appears more aware now of where his colleagues are and will be on the pitch, all part of the overall team improvement really

    Staying relatively injury free (touch wood) has obviously helped

    We wouldn’t want to lose him but I don’t think he is right for Captaincy next term myself, still developing in my view

  4. My opinion is that KT still can fit in any team n type of formation in the world, he’s very instrumental but Robertson still n how he approached games can only play for klopp n championship teams, pep can’t consider him, he doesn’t think fast, he’s good at creativity n recovery but he need to be more dynamic, flair, he’s more physical than KT but KT is intelligent and more evolving player than rob

  5. Top player is our Kieran and certainly my preferred choice as captain.
    But as for Ballon d’Or, it is virtually impossible for any full back to win that. Simple reality!

  6. If he did join Real Madrid then I’m convinced he would have no problem fitting in there: he wouldn’t need time to settle or adjust,” he told the Guardian.i guess he is not aware that KT found the move to London very challenging,being homesick…I can’t see him moving to Madrid and learning Spanish.

  7. KT as good as he is a solid left back I’ve seen better over the last 30 years playing for Arsenal .
    Just a fellow Scot supporting his own that’s all .
    As for ballon d’or ,absolutely fairytale talk .

  8. If Real would offer £50 million for him, what would the fans here do?

    Myself, I’d try to squeeze every penny out of Real (who are not known for smart business). If Tierney wouldn’t mind moving either, I think it would be fantastic business.

    I love Tierney, especially his attitude. However, he is replaceable, and with his injury record, £50 mils would be insane to turn down. There are also an abundance of LB’s who are also interesting targets: David Raum, Borna Sosa, Sergio Gomez, Jose Gaya, even Marc Cucurella. Also there’s another young, SCOTTISH left-back playing for Bologna and doing quite well (Aaron Hickey).

    We always complain we don’t do great business. Well its because we don’t sell players when they are actually performing and not leaving soon on a free!

  9. He may not have had the greatest of seasons, yet his level is still high. Imagine a fully in form Tierney!

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