Noel Whelan has dropped an exciting claim on Amari Miller after Leeds United confirmed the signing of the former Birmingham City starlet.
The Lowdown: Miller signs
As confirmed by the official website of the Elland Road faithful, Miller has signed from the Blues until the summer of 2025 for an undisclosed fee.
Miller will initially join up with the U23’s, before trying to push himself into Marcelo Bielsa’s plans for the new 2021/22 season.
The Latest: Whelan on Miller
Whelan, who is now a pundit after playing as a striker for the Yorkshire club, has claimed to Football Insider that Miller is an ‘exciting’ addition, and has even went as far as to say that he ‘can be the next Bellingham’:
“He is going to be an exciting signing because he has bags of potential.
“He has made his debut at a very young age which is a promising sign. Hopefully for Leeds he can be the next Bellingham.
“The way I have seen things materialise with Joe Gelhardt, I think Miller will go into the Under-23s next season.
“Bielsa needs a different calibre of player in the first team. He needs senior players who will make an impact straight away.
“That is why I think he will be in the Under-23s for a season or two and then coming into the first team. He would have to be a phenomenon to come straight into the first team.”
The Verdict: One for the future
It will certainly be exciting for the Whites to have a player like Miller in the youth set-up, who is more than capable of earning a call-up to the first team.
Given that he is an 18-year-old English talent coming from Birmingham, obvious comparisons will be made to that of Jude Bellingham, who is now at Borussia Dortmund and with England at Euro 2020 despite his tender age.
Should Leeds have signed Miller?
Lee Bowyer, a former Birmingham and Leeds midfield player himself, trusted Miller enough to play him in five games as his manager in the EFL Championship last term, and sung his praises back in April, claiming that he has ‘got great potential’ and is a ‘fearless’ youngster.
Nonetheless, Miller is certainly one to keep an eye on for LUFC fans.
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