Tony Cascarino insists that Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles has potential and just needs steering in the right direction from the new manager.
The Gunners have appointed Mikel Arteta as their new full-time manager to succeed Unai Emery and he will take charge next week.
Caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg will take charge of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Everton before the new era starts.
Pundit Cascarino has been discussing Arteta’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium and picked out players that could thrive under him, with 22-year-old Maitland-Niles someone who has a lot of potential.
He is a player that has come through the academy with the North London club and been turned into a right-back in recent years.
“Maitland-Niles has got huge potential [but] needs coaching,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
Maitland-Niles is an impressive young player that has had some strong games in an Arsenal shirt, but isn’t consistent yet enough and it’s no wonder that fans are crying out to sign more defenders.
The English full-back has played 14 first-team games across all competitions this season and it will be intriguing to see where he fits into the plans of Arteta.
It’s a chance for members of the squad to reinvent themselves under a new manager who arrives from Manchester City with a good reputation as a coach.