Done deal: Tottenham agree forward transfer

January 6, 2017

Tottenham forward Will Miller has agreed to extend his loan with Championship club Burton until the end of the season, it was announced on Thursday.

The 20-year-old’s current loan was due to end at the beginning of January but the two clubs have reached an agreement for it to run for the remainder of the campaign.

Spurs announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon that the highly rated winger will stay at the Pirelli Stadium and continue to develop his game for the second-tier outfit.

The deal, which was simultaneously announced on the official Burton website, becomes the second agreed by Spurs in the mid-season window.

They have already announced that young goalkeeper Luke McGee has extended his loan with League One club Peterborough for the remainder of the season.

Miller has principally been a fringe player at Burton, with most of his 12 appearances for the club coming from the substitute’s bench.

But Burton manager Nigel Clough hailed the attitude of the youngster and is confident he can add to the one goal he has scored for the team to date.

“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.

“He’s a great lad and he’s improving and getting acclimatised to the physical aspects of the Championship as well.”
Miller, who has been in the England Under-18 squad, has progressed through the youth-team ranks at White Hart Lane.

He is principally a second striker, but has also been frequently used on the left wing for the club’s academy sides.

Our 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.