Ainsley Maitland-Niles says he wants to show the world how good he is and be the man to keep West Bromwich Albion up.
Arsenal 23-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles joined West Bromwich Albion on transfer deadline day earlier this week, after a four-way battle for his services ended with a move to Sam Allardyce’s side.
There’s no option to buy in the player’s deal, so it’s just a chance for him to play regularly and keep his development going for the next few months. With the Euros coming up this summer, he’ll want to get on the pitch as much as possible before then.
The on-loan Arsenal man told the West Brom website he wants to prove himself and keep the club in the Premier League.
“It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to play regularly in the Premier League,” Maitland-Niles said. “It’s all I’ve ever wanted, to show the world how good I am.
“We’re in a tough situation at the moment. I wanted to be a part of the fight. I wanted to grit my teeth and get down and dirty and see I come out of it. I want to come out on top of it and I want the club to come out on top of it.
“Hopefully I’m a player who can help this club survive in the Premier League.”
Maitland-Niles made 21 appearances for Arsenal in the first half of the season, but only five starts in the Premier League. He’ll certainly hope for more than that between now and May.
The England international may get the chance to make his debut against a familiar foe on Sunday, with West Brom travelling to North London to face Tottenham Hotspur. A good result there would endear him to both his parent club and his loan one.