Lee Dixon hails Kieran Tierney and backs comparisons to Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn

first_imgDixon can see the likeness between the two (Picture: Getty Images)‘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.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDixon continued: ‘I’d seen him play, but not an awful lot, and I think you get a real essence of a player when you watch him week in, week out because you see him have bad games and how he gets through them.‘Nigel very rarely had a bad game but when he dipped below his normal standards he’d get 7/10.‘And you’d think, ‘Wow, if that’s your bottom level’.’MORE: Arsenal make mammoth new contract offer to Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Why Mikel Arteta is ‘convinced’ that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants to stay at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Aug 2020 6:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Tierney has been a standout performer since the restart (Picture: Getty Images)Lee Dixon has heaped praise on Kieran Tierney and can see why the left-back has drawn early comparisons to Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn.Despite struggling early on with injuries, the 23-year-old has shown lots of promise in his debut season at the Emirates after making the switch from Celtic last summer.Tierney has been one of Mikel Arteta’s side’s most consistent performers since the restart, performing well in both left wing-back and centre-back roles.The Scotland international’s energetic and passionate displays have already won him favour with the Gunners fans, similarly to Winterburn, whose engine and commitment earned him multiple major honours over his 13-year spell at the club, including three league titles and two FA Cups.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Dixon admitted Tierney shares similar traits to his former Gunners team-mate.The former England right-back 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. Advertisement Lee Dixon hails Kieran Tierney and backs comparisons to Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn Comment Advertisementlast_img

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