It’s time to face facts, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been a poor West Brom signing and he has added nothing to the side since he joined in January.
We were all excited about AMN when rumours started to circulate that he would be heading to The Hawthorns for the rest of the season.
Rightly so too, after all, he has several England caps to his name and he is undoubtedly a quality young player with something to prove.
However, after another lacklustre display against Newcastle on Sunday we’ve had a look at the stats and they make for grim reading.
Essentially, we can’t work out what Maitland-Niles is actually good at as he isn’t contributing at either end of the pitch.
The Arsenal loanee made a big deal of wanting to play in the midfield so he could show his best assets after being deployed as a full-back under Mikel Arteta this season.
Big Sam has given AMN the chance to show off but to put it simply, he’s done nothing of the sort.
In an attacking sense, Maintland-Niles is yet to register a goal or an assist in his six Albion appearances and the stats show he has never been likely too either.
According to Wyscout, Maitland-Niles has completed one cross in his six appearances for West Brom.
Yes, one cross in six games. Overall AMN has registered an expected assists rate of just 0.06xA across his Albion outings.
No wonder he isn’t helping us out going forward, these stats are awful.
The same can be said for his own chances of scoring too as Wyscout states the midfielder’s highest xG rate in a game for Albion was against Brighton and that was a meagre 0.18xG.
His dribble completion rate also leaves a lot to be desired with AMN only completing 43% of his dribbles since moving to The Hawthorns.
It’s just not good enough.
These poor stats would be understandable if Maitland-Niles was at least putting in some defensive work but Wyscout states he has only won 42.1% of his total duels in a West Brom shirt.
Again, this is so poor and shows the midfielder isn’t particularly threatening going forward or competent at the back.
Overall, only 50.6% of AMN’s total actions for West Brom have been successful and this isn’t down to him adjusting to being in a new side.
For context, Okay Yokulsu has a total action success rate of 69.8% since he moved to The Hawthorns and he had adjust to a different brand of football in a different country.
Maitland-Niles looked like a fantastic signing a few months ago but his loan spell has proved to be nothing but a waste of time and funds so far.
In other West Brom news, this Albion player has seen his company strike a deal with a high-flying Championship club.