The Italian media aren’t drawing conclusions on Ainsley Maitland-Niles just yet, but one outlet suggests he’s in danger of being a flop.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles joined AS Roma on loan in the January transfer window.
At the time, reports suggested Roma would try to sign the midfielder permanently in the summer, but they don’t have an option to buy in his current deal.
That has resulted in some extra scrutiny on Maitland-Niles’ performances on loan. Roma and Arsenal will be watching closely to try and figure out a fair price for a potential deal, and everyone else is watching to figure out what might happen next.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport report (via Sport Witness) that the jury is still out right now, but Maitland-Niles is yet to make any impact in Rome.
The midfielder has shown some technical limitations in his performances, and the suggestion is that he hasn’t settled yet.
There’s still hope that the 24-year-old will turn things around, but Corriere dello Sport warn that he’s risking being labelled a “real flop” if that doesn’t happen soon.
Maitland-Niles has made seven appearances in his loan spell, six of which were starts, though he hasn’t completed 90 minutes since his second game on loan.
Of the six league games he’s featured in, Roma are unbeaten in five but winless in the last three.
Falling behind the competition in the race for the European places, it’s understandable that frustrations are starting to grow.
There’s still plenty of time for that to change. With 12 games remaining, Roma are six points off the top four, and two points off sixth.
They just won’t close that gap unless they step up their performances, particularly as they’re still to play five of the seven teams above them.