On-loan Arsenal goalkeeper Mat Ryan has claimed that left-back Kieran Tierney would make a decent goalkeeper because he has no “fear.”
Ryan, who is ineligible to feature in tomorrow’s Premier League finale against Brighton & Hove Albion because he is on loan at the Emirates Stadium from the Seagulls, made the surprise claim during an interview on the Gunners’ Twitch channel.
The Australian shot-stopper, who joined the Gunners on a short-term loan back in January, was asked a range of questions about his team-mates, including which of the club’s outfield players would make for an ideal shot-stopper.
Initially, the question put to Ryan was about which of the strikers would be suitable to challenge himself and Bernd Leno for a place between the sticks, but he insisted that Tierney, who has missed large portions of this season through injury, would be ideal to take up residency in goal.
“I’m trying to think here, maybe [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang because of the height, he’d be able to cover the goal a little bit more,” Ryan told the Gunners’ Twitch channel. “You might have to come back to me on that one.
“Actually I will throw Kieran Tierney in there. He’s got no fear, man, he would be jumping around, throwing himself at people’s feet, so I’ll throw him in there.”
Of course, Tierney is not going to be really challenging Ryan and Leno for a place between the sticks anytime soon, but Ryan’s decision to choose the Scotland international probably doesn’t come as too great a surprise.
That is because Tierney often strikes people as the cheeky-type in the dressing room who would be willing to have a go at anything and is an excellent character to have around the place.