Arsenal are not done trimming their roster for the rest of the season. Reports say that the Gunners’ utility player is on track for a loan to West Bromwich Albion for the remainder of the Premier League campaign, medicals pending. Maitland-Niles has struggled to crack the Arsenal starting lineup this season, despite the various injury absences in the midfield and at outside back. Those struggles could be in part because of a disconnect between where Maitland-Niles wants to play (midfield) and where Arsenal see his future (outside back).

What’s most important is that Maitland-Niles actually gets playing time somewhere, regardless of position. Given his England call-ups in the fall, he wants to play to give himself a shot at making the Euro roster. Arsenal need for him to play so that he continues to develop / rehabilitates what has likely been a decrease in transfer value most recently measured by an offer “below £20M” from Wolves that Arsenal rejected.

Maitland-Niles will definitely play at relegation-threatened West Brom, who sit in 18th place, 9 points adrift of safety. How valuable a boatload of playing time for a pretty terrible team will actually be is an open question, but it beats not playing at all.