Darren Bent claims that Arsenal have secured “a steal” with the capture of Kieran Tierney from Celtic this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England hitman, who is a boyhood fan of the Gunners, says that the Scotland international looks well worth the reported eight-figure fee spent on sealing his capture from Parkhead.
As reported by the BBC, the Hoops sold the 22-year-old for a record transfer fee believed to be in the region of £25million, with a significant sell-on fee included in the terms of the deal.
Despite having missed the start of the campaign after suffering from a long-standing hip problem, Tierney has impressed Bent enough for him to say that the Gunners have sealed a brilliant bit of business, insisting there is an awful lot more to come from the Scot.
Bent told Football Insider: “He has been a steal and he’s only going to get better and better. You can understand why Arsenal paid the money for him, he’s a very good player, he’s an exciting player.
“At the same time, you can’t push him too much and expect too much from him because he’s just come back from injury, he’s adapting to the Premier League – the Premier League is a tough, gruelling league.
“He needs time to develop but at the minute he’s going along really, really well.”
Tierney has played just seven times for Unai Emery’s side since moving south of the border from Scotland, with only two of those appearances coming in the Premier League.
He has been included in the last five top-flight matchday squads for the Gunners, finding himself left as an unused substitute in the defeat to Leicester City.
In other Arsenal news, Bent has said that he blames Emery “a lot” in a bold transfer exit claim.