Derby County manager Gary Rowett is going to have a hectic summer on his hands as he desperately claws to reshape the squad, following a disappointing campaign in the Championship.
A lot of second-tier clubs tend to shy away from bringing in an abundant number of loanees from the top-flight, simply because they have the resources to develop their own youngsters and don’t need those from Premier League teams.
Saying that, if Rowett wants a different approach to his attack then I suggest he looks to sign Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles – a promising talent who has found minutes on the pitch a struggle this season.
The 19 year-old has made brief appearances for Arsene Wenger’s first-team in the last ten months; three games in the prestigious FA Cup competition, the same number in the EFL Cup and he’s played in one match in the league.
His senior football experience isn’t world-renown, which you can’t expect from a teenager anyway, but Maitland-Niles did enjoy a season-long loan spell in the 2015/16 campaign at Ipswich Town, so the Championship isn’t completely a stranger for the youngster.
Although, it the England under-20 international’s versatility which impresses me and many scouts.
He’s been utilised by the Gunners on the right-wing, central midfield and at full-back – all positions where he’s adapted brilliantly for his age.
It’s those sort of attributes that Ainsley Maitland-Niles brings to this Derby County squad, and these are the clear reasons as to why Gary Rowett should attempt to bring the Arsenal prospect to Pride Park in the summer.
Derby fans, is Maitland-Niles good enough for your promotion hopes next year? Would he fit into the manager’s system? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!