Leeds United's new signing explains move, why Bielsaball will suit him and gratitude he feels to former club

Leeds United's first signing of the summer Amari Miller believes his dribbling ability will help him fit in with Marcelo Bielsa's style of play.

Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 4:40 am
FIRST IN - Amari Miller has become the first summer signing for Leeds United, joining from Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee. Pic: Getty
FIRST IN - Amari Miller has become the first summer signing for Leeds United, joining from Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee. Pic: Getty

The 18-year-old moved to Elland Road yesterday from Birmingham City, for an undisclosed fee, and signed a four-year deal.

Along with the natural excitement of joining a Premier League outfit and one with the stature of Leeds, Miller was feeling grateful for the grounding he has been given at St Andrew's over the past eight years.

“It’s a great feeling, not just for myself but for my family,” Miller told LUTV.

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"As soon as I spoke to Victor Orta and the club, I said to my agent that this was the one. It’s a massive club with great fans, I have had loads of fans messaging me already and I feel like it’s a huge club for me.

“The minute I heard Leeds United were interested, I knew what a massive club it was and it was too big to turn down. My family, friends and everyone who knew about it have just been brilliant.

“I feel like I must thank Birmingham City so much, because I have been there since the age of 10. It has been the place where I have learnt the most, I couldn’t have asked them for any more, they gave me everything I needed to get to this stage and help me progress.

“They’ve helped me to get a club like Leeds United to come in for me and I am thankful to be given such a good foundation from them.”

Miller made the leap from Under 18s football to the first team last season, gaining Championship experience under Lee Bowyer without amassing much in the way of Under 23s game time.

He will initially join Mark Jackson's 23s at Thorp Arch, playing the same brand of football as Bielsa's senior side.

A quick winger who likes to take players on and create goalscoring chances for himself and others, Miller believes Bielsaball will suit him.

“As a winger, I can see Leeds get a lot of one v one chances which is something I really back myself in," he said.

"They play quickly and at a high tempo, they press high up the pitch and train with such a high intensity which is unbelievable.

“I would say I am skilful, good at finishing and composed."