Lee Dixon has heaped praise on full-back Kieran Tierney and can see why the Scottish has drawn early comparisons to Arsenal icon Nigel Winterburn.
In spite of struggling early on with injuries, the 23-year-old star has shown lots of promise in his debut campaign at the Emirates after making the switch from Celtic last year.
Tierney has been one of the club’s most consistent performers since the restart, performing well in both centre-back and left wing-back roles.
The Scotland international’s energetic and passionate performances have already won him favour with the Gunners supporters, similarly to Winterburn, whose engine and commitment earned him several major honours over his 13-year spell at Arsenal, including three league titles and two FA Cups.
And Dixon admitted Kieran shares similar traits to his former Arsenal team-mate. The former England defender told talkSPORT:
‘He’s been likened to Nigel Winterburn already and the fact that’s on your CV, that someone’s actually gone, ‘Oh, he’s very similar to Nigel when he got in the side’. [He’s got] that hunger, that desire, that willingness to run all day.
‘That should be a given, but sometimes it isn’t. We look at young players today and we’re sometimes critical about their effort. We look at them and go, ‘He should be doing this, he should be doing that’.
‘But, the fact that he seems to have adapted to the way [Mikel] Arteta wants him to play, he can play in a few positions – I was really impressed with him when he first came. Obviously, he got the injuries.’