Kevin Campbell is over the moon Ainsley Maitland-Niles after he secured a deadline day move from Arsenal to West Brom.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Baggies striker tipped the 23-year-old to make his full debut against Spurs this weekend in his favoured central midfield position.
West Brom confirmed the signing of the England international on Monday – he joins on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.
Welcome to the Albion, @MaitlandNiles ✍️🏴
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) February 1, 2021
Maitland-Niles was not registered in time to feature against Sheffield United on Tuesday but is in line to make his debut at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
He made 21 appearances for Arsenal in the first half of the season but was rarely used as a central midfielder.
Campbell believes a desire to play in the middle of the park and a hunger to make England’s squad for the European Championship drove the move.
“Maitland-Niles is an England international,” he told Football Insider.
“He knows that if he wants to get in the squad for the Euros he needs to play between now and the end of the season.
“He also wants to play in centre-midfield and he has struggled to get any game time in that position for Arsenal.
“West Brom lost at Sheffield United so I would expect him to go straight into the starting eleven for Spurs. I think it is a great move for him.”