Ainsley Maitland-Niles, signed on loan from Arsenal on transfer deadline day is making a swift return to North London for his West Brom debut against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
It is his first start in the competition for the Albion and sixth in 12 games so far this term. Meanwhile Nigeria’s Semi Ajayi is also making his 22nd start for Sam Allardyce’s side.
The Super Eagles defender has played every minute of his 21 starts for West Brom and has missed just one game,the 0-0 draw against Burnley at the Hawthorns last October where he was an unused substitute.
He has scored twice and racked up 1,890 minutes of football. He was in action for the entire duration of the reverse fixture at the Hawthorns where Tottenham ran away 1-0 winners courtesy of Harry Kane’s 88th minute headed goal last November.