We know Kenny is not the answer. We don't know if Maitland-Niles is. On a free that's enough for me to say go for it.
We put our eggs in the Dumfries basket and I genuinely believe we were very close to finishing the deal before his agent (as any good agent would) told him to hold off until after the Euros to see what else might be out there. The what else turned out to be Inter and we were left at the altar. I want a new RB (love Seamus but it's time for him to be the cover) as much as anyone.
Here's where I think I differ from most: I feel the overwhelming consensus is clubs should have a scouting list at least 5-6 names deep at every position. I've never subscribed to that. The fact is the premier league requires a standard most professional footballers can't handle and we need players who make us better and we're already a top half side (believe it or not) so I'm glad we're sticking to our first choice in terms of spending big money on a transfer. Some of our recent big signings were our top targets (and it turns out Walsh was largely terrible at spending big money) but my recollection is names like Ashley Williams, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Klaasen, Tosun, and Iwobi were all 'panic' buys after we missed on other targets, and they ended costing us more than just the transfer fee and wage.
Taking a few chances on loans leads to a more sustainable club in the long-term. It appears we're going to need a RB next year so selling Kenny and paying nothing for Maitland-Niles gets us started towards that goal.