Wolves should consider Maitland-Niles again as midfielder opens door to Arsenal exit
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Wolves should consider Maitland-Niles again as midfielder opens door to Arsenal exit

Wolverhampton Wanderers need to inject some freshness into their midfield for next season.

Leander Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho struggled at times in 2020/21.

Ruben Neves was slightly better, but reports are rife at the moment that he could leave Molineux this summer.

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Perhaps one man who ought to be considered is Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The star has conducted an interview with the Telegraph, and it’s clear he is not entirely happy with his current situation.

He said: “I want a decision. I want some clarity. And then hopefully I can get to work with whoever I need to get to work with.

“Whether that is finding a new club or whether that is carrying on with my training. I would like some kind of indication of what is happening. Where they [Arsenal] see me.

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“If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t then kiss Arsenal goodbye.”

Wolves have reportedly had interest in Maitland-Niles in the past.

Sky Sports reported last year that Wolves saw a bid of £15 million rejected for the 23-year-old.

Given his current standing in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, and the fact he only has two years left on his contract, perhaps Arsenal would sell Maitland-Niles if presented with a similar sort of offer now.

Maitland-Niles has plenty to offer

He didn’t pull up trees on loan at West Bromwich Albion.

But he was never likely to in a team fighting relegation that never had much of the ball.

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Potentially he could make for a decent signing for Wolves this summer.

His energy and versatility are two of his best qualities.

Perhaps Wolves ought to test the waters over Maitland-Niles and see what’s what.