Kieran Tierney provides genius assist on loan

VALENCIA, SPAIN: Carlos Fernandez of Real Sociedad celebrates with teammate Kieran Tierney after scoring their side’s first goal during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio Mestalla on September 27, 2023. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney is on loan with Real Sociedad this season, and the defender has quickly made himself a regular fixture in the Spanish side.

The Scottish international has started three of the four matches in La Liga since joining Real Sociedad, and he only missed the fourth because he’d played in the Champions League against Inter Milan in their midweek game.

But Wednesday’s match against Valencia saw Tierney provide his first assist on loan, with a clever quick free-kick.

Real Sociedad's Spanish coach Imanol Alguacil talks to Real Sociedad's Scottish defender #17 Kieran Tierney during the UEFA Champions League 1st round day 1 group B football match between Sevilla FC and RC Lens at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on September 20, 2023. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Sociedad’s Spanish coach Imanol Alguacil talks to Real Sociedad’s Scottish defender #17 Kieran Tierney during the UEFA Champions League 1st round day 1 group B football match between Sevilla FC and RC Lens at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on September 20, 2023. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Tierney picked up the ball to take a free-kick on the left-hand side of the pitch, not far in advance of the centre-circle.

Spotting Carlos Fernandez ready to make a run, Tierney fired a quick pass down the channel before the Valencia defence was set.

Fernandez took a couple of touches to turn Mouctar Diakhaby – the only defender paying attention – before finishing the chance confidently.

It was undeniably fantastic work from the striker, but it was only possible thanks to Tierney’s moment of inspiration.

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN: Denzel Dumfries of Inter Milan duels for the ball with Kieran Tierney of Real Sociedad during the UEFA Champions League match between Real Sociedad and FC Internazionale at Reale Arena on September 20, 2023. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN: Denzel Dumfries of Inter Milan duels for the ball with Kieran Tierney of Real Sociedad during the UEFA Champions League match between Real Sociedad and FC Internazionale at Reale Arena on September 20, 2023. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Valencia’s Selim Amallah was sent off later in the first half, and Tierney helped Real Sociedad to keep a clean sheet to see out the 1-0 win.

You can watch the Arsenal loanee’s assist here or below from the timestamp 0:45.

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