Danny Mills has backed Sam Allardyce to convince Arsenal player Ainsley Maitland-Niles to join West Brom on loan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender insisted the addition of the 23-year-old would give Albion’s survival hopes a “huge boost”.
Sky Sports report West Brom are leading the race for the versatile England international with a number of other Premier League clubs said to be monitoring the situation.
Maitland-Niles broke into the England squad earlier this season but has been reduced to a bit-part role for Arsenal in recent weeks.
He has started just one Premier League game since Christmas and has just five league starts under his belt all season.
Asked by Football Insider whether Maitland-Niles would be a good addition for West Brom, Mills said: “It’s what Big Sam does, isn’t it?
“Big Sam will say ‘Just come here and play and have a go. I’ll give you this, I’ll give you that. If you stay up…’
“Big Sam is clever. He’s a fantastic man-manager in that situation. We’ve seen him do it many, many times – attract top players from all over the world and you’re thinking ‘Wow’ and they’ve gone to play for Sam Allardyce.
“It’s bizarre because everybody goes ‘Sam Allardyce, long-ball football’ and this that and the other. It’s not true in any shape or form.
“He’s an exceptional man-manager and he’ll be speaking to these players and trying to get these players in with quality to obviously give their chances of survival a huge boost.”
Maitland-Niles has played 21 times across all competitions this season including in Arsenal’s Community Shield victory.