Ainsley Maitland-Niles explains why he completed loan move from Arsenal to West Brom

Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks on during Arsenal's clash with West Brom
Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles joined West Brom on loan this winter (Picture: Getty)

Ainsley Maitland-Niles says the guarantee of Premier League minutes and the chance to showcase his abilities on a regular basis convinced him to complete a loan switch from Arsenal to West Brom on deadline day.

The 23-year-old was one of five players signed by West Brom in the January transfer window with Sam Allardyce’s side in a fight for survival, languishing down in 19th place at the midway point of the campaign.

Arsenal academy product Maitland-Niles has proven himself to be a valuable squad member for both Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta with his versatility over the last three-and-a-half seasons but was given permission to seek a temporary move away from the Emirates this winter.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles talks to West Brom's official website
Maitland-Niles will be with the Baggies until the end of the season (Picture: West Brom)

And while Newcastle were providing strong competition for Maitland-Niles’ signature, the England international put pen to paper on a short-term deal at the Hawthorns and could make his debut versus Tottenham this weekend.

‘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,’ Maitland-Niles told West Brom’s official website.

‘I want to say a huge thank you to all the West Bromwich Albion fans. They’ve sent me lots of messages on social media. I’m proud to be a member of the club and I want to kick on from here.

‘Their messages give me the energy and the drive to keep on going every single day.

‘We’re in a tough situation at the moment. I wanted to be a part of the fight. I wanted to grit my teeth and get down and dirty and see I come out of it. I want to come out on top of it and I want the club to come out on top of it.

‘Hopefully I’m a player who can help this club survive in the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce looks on during West Brom's clash with Fulham
Allardyce played a key role in bringing Maitland-Niles to the Hawthorns (Picture: Getty)

Maitland-Niles is adamant Premier League survival remains a real possibility for West Brom and has already been getting ‘down and dirty’ with his new team-mates in training.

‘There’s always an opportunity. It’s about having the right structure and the right players around you,’ he added.

‘Sam has done that when you look at the last four days of the transfer window.

‘The biggest achievement for me this season here at West Bromwich Albion would be the club staying up.

‘Anything more than that and I would be chuffed. 

‘I’ve met everyone now. Everyone is very welcoming.

‘It’s no-nonsense in training. Get in and get down and dirty straight away. I can’t wait to get going.’

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