beIN Sports presenter Richard Keys had ended the Kieran Tierney vs Andy Robertson debate by claiming that the Arsenal man should start ahead of the Liverpool full-back for Scotland.
Robertson is Scotland’s skipper at the moment and is one of the best left-backs in the world. His numbers for Liverpool in their two incredible years are absolutely outstanding, but he hasn’t been the same this time around.
The Scotsman has just five assists in all competitions this term. His side are in a terrible run and that clearly isn’t helping his performances, but Tierney’s brilliance at Arsenal should be a worry for him ahead of this summer’s Euros.
Tierney, signed by Unai Emery in 2019, has played a lot less than his compatriot this term but has still been directly involved in five goals. He has been playing in an Arsenal side who’ve been terrible this season as well, which makes his record a lot more impressive.
Keys truly believes that Tierney should start ahead of Robertson for Scotland, and we agree with him.
He wrote on his blog: “It’s not simply down to losing Van Dijk. The keeper is a bag or nerves right now. The two full-backs are way off. Why? Perhaps they’ve started to believe the nice things that were being said about them?
“Robertson certainly misses the Dutchman, but it’s going the other way that they’ve both dried up. I’ve said it before – those crosses were devastating. We don’t see them anymore. If he was fit – (Kieran) Tierney would be Scotland’s first-choice left-back right now.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
This is just a debate that’ll last forever but you’ve got to agree that Tierney is a lot more balanced than the £100,000-a-week Liverpool left-back.
He is a lot quicker than Robertson, his crossing is just as good, if not better, and his quality in the defensive third is much better than his compatriot’s – even though he doesn’t have Virgil van Dijk behind him.
Every Arsenal fan will claim that Tierney is better than Robertson and it will be the opposite with Liverpool supporters. But the one thing everyone will agree on is that the pair are the two best players in Scotland.
It will be interesting to see how Scotland lineup this summer. Tierney has played as a centre-half before, and he might just be forced to do that again – just so that Robertson can be accommodated in the squad.