Date: 30th May 2021 at 4:40pm
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Former Leeds defender Jon Newsome doesn’t believe that Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles would move to Elland Road unless he is guaranteed first-team football.

The versatile defender, who can play right-back, left-back and in midfield, spent the second half of the season at West Brom having struggled to earn a regular place under Mikel Arteta.

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Maitland-Niles had finished the 2019-2020 in impressive fashion, playing a key part in Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph, which led to an England call-up last September.

But the 24-year-old would then play a bit-part role at the beginning of this campaign before moving on loan to West Brom in January, starting all but two of the Baggies’ last 15 games.

Maitland-Niles started predominantly in a midfield role, which has attracted Leeds‘ attention they are looking to bolster their midfield department.

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Having impressed at the Hawthorns, the Gunners Academy graduate will be desperate to continue being a regular in .

But with that unlikely at Leeds, Newsome told This is Futbol that Maitland-Niles won’t settle for second best:

“Would Maitland-Niles want to come in there and play as a back-up? Not sure he would, at this time of his career he would be looking to more towards going to a club where he is in the starting XI, so maybe a bit of a question mark over that one for me.”