By Simon Leyland
What with Aaron Cresswell seemingly in decline the Irons are reported interested in signing Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney this summer as a replacement for him.
The Scotland international has been used as a bench warmer at the Emirates Stadium since losing his place in the side to Oleksandr Zinchenko, and is open to an exit to get more game time elsewhere.
Tierney has only started five times in the division for Arsenal this season but did show promise in his 22 starts in the top flight in the 2021/22 campaign where the stats show he won 61% of his ground duels and 52% of his total duels.
Equally he has averaged a not too shabby 9.81 progressive passes and carries combined per 90 minutes in the Premier League and European competitions, whilst Cresswell has only managed just over 7 combined per 90 minutes.
The 25-year-old ranks amongst the best left-backs in Europe’s top five leagues for his progressive metrics, ranking in the top 6% of full-backs for progressive passes and top 10% for progressive carries showing he’s got a lot to offer in possession.
For my money, he would be more than a welcome addition to the squad.