Striker hailed as brilliant by manager after Tottenham agree transfer
By Harry Sykes
Burton manager Nigel Clough hailed the “brilliant” attitude of striker Will Miller after his loan from Tottenham was extended until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old was due to return to the Premier League giants at the start of this month after temporarily joining the Championship club last summer.
But Tottenham announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon that the versatile young forward will remain at the Pirelli Stadium for the rest of the 2016/17 campaign.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 5, 2017
It will give Miller the chance to build on the excellent impression he has made upon Clough even though he has not been a regular starter for the second-tier outfit.
“We said we wouldn’t take more than five loans but for Will we would leave it open because he’s brilliant to have around and because the chances of having all five loans fit is slim,” said Clough, as quoted by the official Burton website.
Miller has principally been a fringe player at Burton, with most of his 12 appearances for the club coming from the substitute’s bench.
He is yet to make a senior appearance for Tottenham but has played 37 times for the development squad in Premier League 2, scoring seven goals and supplying three assists.
Miller, who has been in the England Under-18 squad and can play in any of the three attacking positions behind the centre-forward, is a product of the highly rated Spurs academy and has progressed through the youth-team ranks at White Hart Lane.
Miller is the second young Spurs player to agree to extend his loan from the club this month, following goalkeeper Luke McGee.
The 21-year-old, who is behind Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Pau Lopez in the White Hart Lane pecking order, will remain with third-tier outfit Peterborough for the remainder of the season.
Football Insider verdict:
This is the correct move. There is no point Miller kicking his heels at White Hart Lane, or playing for the development squad against kids. At the age of 20, he is beyond that point in his career. As Clough says, the youngster is bulking up and ready to mix it in the physically demanding Championship. The versatile forward is a rising star and needs game time to maximise his potential. Miller and Tottenham have made the correct decision for him to stay at Burton until the end of the season.
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