Paul Merson gives verdict on Ainsley Maitland-Niles display v Tottenham

Paul Merson praises Arsenal-owned midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles Sky Sports News (18 March 2023 at 5:26pm) His performance in Southampton’s Premier League game against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon.

The Sky Sports pundit has been impressed with Maitland-Niles, who is currently on loan at Southampton from Arsenal against Tottenham at St Mary’s Stadium.

The former Arsenal star pointed out that the 25-year-old came off the bench in the first half and played at centre-back.

Maitland-Niles usually plays as a midfielder, but can also play as a full-back.

The 25-year-old came on in the 34th minute.

Southampton and Tottenham are tied 3-3 in the Premier League.

It wasn’t always easy for Maitland-Niles, who was playing in an unfamiliar position.

Tottenham scored three goals in the game against the Saints, which shows that the home team’s defense is not good.

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However, Maitland-Niles pulled out all the stops to impress Merson.

according to who scoredthe 25-year-old has 1 shot on target, 92.9% pass accuracy, 1 header, 56 touches, 1 tackle, 1 interception and 5 clearances.

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Merson said: “I have to say. Maitland-Niles came on and played center back.

“I thought he was very good. They lost two centre-backs early in the first half, so playing where he played, I thought he did a good job.”

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