Ainsley Maitland-Niles fits the Marcelo Bielsa “mould” and could “flourish” at left-back for Leeds United, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender claimed Maitland-Niles took a “huge leap” going on loan to West Brom and could “improve dramatically” at Elland Road.
The Mirror report the Yorkshire giants are among several Premier League clubs keen on signing the 23-year-old from Arsenal this summer.
The England international is known for his versatility and is able to operate in midfield and at left-back.
Football Insider revealed in March that current left-back Ezgjan Alioski has agreed a pre-contract deal with Galatasaray and will leave the club this summer.
The 30-year-old has been far from convincing this season and suffered another horror show against Brighton this weekend when he was replaced at half-time after conceding an early penalty.
And Mills has suggested Maitland-Niles could be a big upgrade for Bielsa.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I’m assuming he would come in at left-back.
“That would be the slot they’re looking to fill on a permanent regular basis.
“He’s young, he’s high-energy, he’s athletic so he fits into the mould of Bielsa’s teams and the way they play.
“He took a huge leap to go out to West Brom and no doubt he’s learned a lot from that and the pressure there.
“But I think if he can go to a settled side with regular game time then he’ll flourish under that and improve dramatically.”
Maitland-Niles now has 75 Premier League games under his belt across his time with Arsenal and West Brom.
He earned his first England call up last year and currently has five caps to his name.