Everton manager Rafa Benitez’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles plan has been shelved as a Rangers transfer deal is thwarted.
Rafa Benitez of Everton has a strategy for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
If Everton can sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles before the transfer window closes on Tuesday, he will most likely be utilised as a right-back. The 24-year-old has been identified by manager Rafa Benitez as a younger option to Seamus Coleman.
Maitland-Niles appears to be a sought-after player, with a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing him.
Everton appear to be the frontrunners, but he is also wanted by Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Newcastle.
Benitez sees Maitland-Niles as a player who can succeed on the right side of his defence, according to The Mirror.
Over the years, the versatile athlete has played in a variety of positions on both the right and left sides of the defense. He’s also a versatile midfielder who has played in a variety of positions.
Last season, the England international spent the second half of the season on loan at West Brom, but the Baggies were relegated to the Championship.
He made 15 appearances for West Brom, who finished 13 points behind safety.
Maitland-Niles has been a frustrated figure at the Emirates this season, having just played 19 minutes of Premier League action.
And the player sparked outrage on Monday afternoon when he used social media to send a clear transfer message to Arsenal’s management.
“All I want to do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m going to play,” Maitland-Niles wrote on Instagram.
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The athlete then added three crying face emojis to the post and tagged his team.
Benitez will now try everything he can to sign Maitland-Niles, who is plainly unhappy with his lack of playing time at Arsenal.
Coleman has started all three of Everton’s first three games and has played the full 90 minutes in each of them.
Since joining Everton from Sligo Rovers in 2009, the Republic of Ireland international has made 353 appearances for the club.
Last season, he was in and out of the starting lineup, but he was given the nod towards the conclusion of the season.
Benitez, who is 32 years old, will most certainly seek to limit Coleman’s playing time, and Maitland-Niles might be the guy to challenge him for a starting spot.
Everton, on the other hand, appears to have given up on “Brinkwire Summary News”.