Mills blown away by West Brom signing coup
Danny Mills has hailed the loan signing of Ainsley Maitland-Niles by West Brom as a “good coup”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Manchester City and England defender claimed the 23-year-old will be an ever-present for the Albion in the second half of the season.
West Brom beat high-flying Leicester City and Southampton to the signing of Maitland-Niles on deadline day and he will spend the rest of the season on loan at the Hawthorns.
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— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) February 1, 2021
He was not involved in their 2-1 loss to Sheffield United in midweek but will be available for the visit to Tottenham on Sunday.
“He’s obviously had a chat with Sam Allardyce and looked at it thought ‘game time’,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He’s going to play pretty much every single minute and he’s probably going to pay in a more attacking role for West Brom in that advanced wing-back role or in midfield rather than at full-back.
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“He’s often said he wants to play in that midfield role and further up the pitch.
“That’s what swung him to sign for West Brom.
“Good coup for West Brom, it’s what Sam Allardyce does. Sam Allardyce is a fantastic man-manager.
“We all talk about tactics, but he’s good with players. You look at the players he’s worked with over time. Absolutely exceptional.”
Sam Allardyce revealed he will use his new signing in his preferred central midfield position rather than as a full-back or wing-back.
Maitland-Niles told the club’s website: “It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to play regularly in the Premier League. It’s all I’ve ever wanted, to show the world how good I am.”