Kevin Campbell has criticised Ainsley-Maitland Niles’ actions as he tries to force a move from Arsenal to Everton on deadline day.
It has been suggested that Everton want to sign the versatile player and he expressed his frustration yesterday at not seemingly being able to get that move by posting: ‘All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play’, as reported by Sky Sports.
This transfer saga is taking some ugly twists and turns, as it has now been reported by the Mirror’s John Cross on Twitter that Maitland-Niles ‘won’t be training with the first-team’.
Added with that, David Ornstein has also posted on Twitter that AMN has ‘stated from the start’ that he wants to play at full-back.
Campbell made one thing clear when being critical of the Hale-End academy product and that’s nobody has put money on the table to sign him.
“Nobody has bid for Maitland-Niles,” said Campbell. “I understand that Maitland-Niles wants to play. If you can play multiple positions then you don’t turn around say ‘I don’t want to play right-back or fullback. I only want to play centre-midfield,’.
“You know what that does? It limits the opportunities you are going to get. Maitland-Niles as an Arsenal lad, who has come through the ranks, should be like ‘I will play wherever’. The problem is that he doesn’t want to do it.
“Then the management can use it against you. As far as they are concerned, they don’t see him as a good enough midfielder.
On Ornstein reporting that AMN has said he wants to play full-back: “He never tweeted that back then, that’s my point, he is tweeting it now. What’s the point in it coming out now? We needed it to come out a year ago.”
Hours remain before the transfer window slams shut and anything can still happen in regards to this Maitland-Niles situation.
If no-one puts money on the table then he will clearly stay put.
But if a bid, perhaps a loan, of something comes in then it will be interesting to see how Arteta and Co. react.
It’s not like Maitland-Niles is front and centre of Arteta’s plans, far from it, so perhaps parting ways with him is the best solution to this all.