Lots of Everton fans have been reacting on social media to reports by the Mirror, claiming the Blues are interested in a summer transfer for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Maitland-Niles has been put up for sale by the Gunners despite playing a key role in their FA Cup Final victory over Chelsea and being highly-rated by manager Mikel Arteta.
The north London side have taken the decision to make the 22-year-old available due to their financial situation, having announced 55 redundancies earlier in the week.
Maitland-Niles is expected to attract an array of sides this summer, with Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion already believed to be keen on the versatile midfielder who was part of England’s Under 20s World Cup winning side in 2017.
The Gunners product is not pushing for a move away from the Emirates Stadium, where he is under contract until 2023, though is reportedly valued by his side at around £30million as Arsenal look to rebuild Arteta’s midfield.
Maitland-Niles was a firm regular for Arsenal over the 2019/20 season with 33 appearances across all competitions, though never nailed down a particular position with 17 outings at right-back, seven at right-wing, three on the left-flank, twice in central midfield and twice at left-back.
His versatility makes Maitland-Niles the perfect squad player with the potential to go on and cement a regular role for himself, while the former youth international’s Wembley heroics show what he is capable of.
Against Chelsea during the FA Cup Final, Maitland-Niles recorded 38 touches of the ball whilst playing as the left-sided option in midfield, with which he played 24 accurate passes (83%), delivered two accurate crosses (66.6%), played one successful long ball (33.3%) and registered one key ball. The 22-year-old also recorded one clearance and two interceptions, per Sofa Score.
Some Everton fans have responded to their side’s reported interest in backing any potential transfer of the ‘quality’ and ‘solid’ Maitland-Niles.
— Dale (@dalehathaway) August 7, 2020
He is decent
— Local Stuntman (@SCOA22) August 7, 2020
Would be a great signing
— Rosy Alpaca 🌳 (@RosyAlpaca) August 7, 2020
I’d take him. Solid.
— Tomas (@toffeetommy79) August 7, 2020
Good player, can cover a number of positions. Take him all day.
— Paul EFC 86 (@PaulEFC86) August 7, 2020
Not all Everton fans are comfortable paying the rumoured £30m asking price for Maitland-Niles, however, while others simply do not see the talent he would bring to Goodison Park.
At £30m (apparently), naa
— Aide Dews (@AidyDews) August 7, 2020
— steffan’o the blue 》》》》》 (@steffan38wen) August 7, 2020
Everton making moves to sign another Arsenal player has not sat well with large corners of the Blues fanbase, too, having signed Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi from the Gunners in recent years.
— TheProSpartan/Owen (@prospartangamer) August 7, 2020
no more signings from arsenal please 🙏
— Kieren Stott (@Stotty101_) August 7, 2020
God No, we have taken enough of their cast offs, let someone else do it now
— AlwaysBlue (@AlwaysBlue7) August 7, 2020
No more Arsenal players thanks 👍🏽 pic.twitter.com/C9rx0BPAEY
— احمد دغيم 🇪🇬 (@ADoghem) August 7, 2020
We already have a couple of arsenal flops thanks.
— Lee Bielby 🇺🇸 (@SanFran_Bielski) August 7, 2020