Wolverhampton Wanderers kickstarted the new campaign with a bang on Monday evening and they could fire another warning shot to the rest of the league with a swoop for one mooted transfer target…
According to the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath, the Midlanders are poised to make another attempt to sign Arsenal utility man Ainsley Maitland-Niles before the window closes next month.
He claims that Nuno Santo is still keen on the newly-capped England star as a potential replacement for the recently-departed Matt Doherty.
It’s thought that the decision could come down to the player himself as he wants assurances over playing time having broke into Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions during the international break, though he started the Gunners’ opener vs Fulham on Saturday.
Yesterday evening saw Adama Traore revert back to the right wing-back position but after providing six goals and 12 assists last season, he’s better off in an advanced role up the field.
In 20 appearances last season, Maitland-Niles averaged 2.1 tackles, 1.6 clearances, one dribble and 0.6 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
Despite not being a regular starter in north London, the 23-year-old has received plenty of glowing endorsements for his performances in an Arsenal shirt.
Former Gunners striker Jeremie Aliadiere believes Maitland-Niles has “all the attributes to become a top player” whilst BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton labelled him a “diamond” who’s a “versatile talent”.
“The young man’s versatility is a weapon, as is his pace and the way he reads the game”
Wolves will become seriously restricted if they head past October with just Traore as the only option on the right, so Jeff Shi must sanction the £30m swoop, it could soon prove to be one of the coups of the window.
Maitland-Niles would fit in like a glove in the Midlands.