At just 18, Ainsley Maitland-Niles already has a considerable amount of experience under his belt.
The prospect featured fleetingly for the Arsenal first-team last season and has spent this campaign on loan at Ipswich Town, making 32 appearances across all competitions.
It hasn’t all gone to plan, with the youngster struggling to command a place in the side in the closing stages of the season, but Maitland-Niles remains a very exciting prospect and it will intriguing to see what is in store for him next season.
The youngster started the campaign extremely well with Ipswich as he delivered some hugely encouraging displays and showcased his ability to beat players with ease.
The likelihood is that he will be dispatched on loan again next season, but it is tempting to consider keeping him at Arsenal, allowing him to train with the first-team squad and perhaps feature in the Capital One Cup.
It remains to be seen which position Maitland-Niles will end up in long-term- he is capable of playing as a right-winger or a central midfielder- but for now his qualities seem best suited to playing out wide as he can deliver dangerous crosses and use his speed to good effect.
Maitland-Niles is very highly regarded by the Arsenal coaching staff, with the prospect having often starred for the club at youth level. Now he has taken some significant strides towards establishing himself in first-team football and will hope to push on further in his development next season.