Former England striker Kevin Phillips is excited about Leeds United potentially signing Birmingham City starlet Amari Miller this summer.
The Lowdown: Miller linked with Leeds move
Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping for a productive summer in the transfer market as he looks to strengthen his squad in various areas.
Miller has been linked with a move to Elland Road recently, with the 18-year-old midfielder considered a hugely exciting prospect with five senior appearances to his name. He is the latest in a string of talented youngsters to emerge from Birmingham’s academy, with England international Jude Bellingham a standout in that respect.
The Latest: Phillips talks up possible signing
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips spoke positively about Leeds possibly signing Miller, comparing him to Bellingham in terms of his potential moving forward. The former Sunderland striker said:
“It’s unfortunate from a Birmingham point of view. They’ve produced some magnificent young players over the years and their academy is very, very good.
“If Leeds are in advanced talks with him then the kid’s a hot prospect. If he can follow in the footsteps of Jude Bellingham and Demarai Gray, then he will turn out to be a very shrewd signing.
“I would assume they might sign him and then get him back out on loan somewhere. Or, have him for a year to develop then get him out on loan.
“Leeds are obviously looking to the future as well as now.”
The Verdict: One for the future
Being linked with emerging homegrown talent can only be seen as a positive, so it would be great to see Miller trade St Andrew’s for Elland Road.
It is unlikely that he would be a first team regular immediately, as Phillips has hinted, but he would likely be considered a long-term prospect with a very high ceiling.
A loan move away from Leeds next season would further allow him to develop, with time very much on the teenager’s side.
In other news, Leeds’ interest in signing one player has reportedly waned. Find out who it is here.
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