Arsenal ace is one of several players who has had to make do with less game time this season.
For most of his time at the Emirates, Kieran Tierney was an undisputed first-choice in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.
Indeed, on the occasions when Tierney got injured, Arsenal missed him terribly.
However, this is not the case this season, with new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko competing for the left-back slot.
Nonetheless, Tierney remains key to Arteta’s plans, and has featured in all but one of Arsenal’s games this season.
On Saturday, football.london‘s Kaya Kaynak rated the Gunners players for how they’ve fared so far this term.
He gave Tierney a 7.5 out of 10 for his efforts so far in 2022-23.
‘With Zinchenko’s brilliance the narrative around Kieran Tierney seems to have been that Arsenal are evolving beyond him,’ wrote Kaynak on football.london.
‘A tricky first start of the season against Fulham did little to deter this school of thought, but with typical diligence and professionalism, Kieran Tierney has stuck to his task to ensure that he is ready whenever Arsenal have needed him.
‘The Scot is never going to be as technically proficient as Zinchenko, but he brings a completely different skillset to the backline that makes the Gunners far less predictable as a whole.
‘The idea of pitting the pair against each other has led many to dismiss Tierney’s start to the season, but when you consider that he is coming off the back of a near five-month injury absence, he has been more than solid.’
‘The Midas touch’
Tierney has also impressed on his return to action for Scotland after six months out of the fold.
Against Ukraine on Wednesday night, the 25-year-old played a key role for Scotland’s crucial opener.
His hopeful prod across goal enabled John McGinn to eventually find the back of the net.
The hosts went on to win 3-0 at Hampden Park, and Tierney earned plenty of praise from the Scottish media.
The Scotsman said the £25m Arsenal man has “the Midas touch” when it comes to his nation.
‘The Arsenal defender elevates his country, of that there can be surely no doubt,’ they wrote.
‘Even when he isn’t at his peak conditioning, as he remains working towards following his long-term injury sidelining earlier this year.
‘Good players find a way to make a difference, and Tierney does that on national service.’