By Nick Ware

16th Nov, 2021 | 1:10pm

Amari Miller not set for Leeds United loan exit

Amari Miller is “some way off” the Leeds United senior side but a January loan appears unlikely, according to LeedsLive journalist Joe Donnohue.

In an interview shared on the Birmingham Mail website, Donnohue delivered the lowdown on the 19-year-old’s progress at Thorp Arch since joining from Birmingham City in June 2021.

“He’s still some way off the first-team just yet,” Donnohue said. “Bielsa has referenced his four wingers on a couple of occasions this season; Raphinha, Jack Harrison, Daniel James and Crysencio Summerville.

“It’s a word Bielsa uses frequently when referring to players making the step up to the first-team, but he’ll need to show – at the very least – he’s at the level of Summerville who’s currently fourth in the pecking order for wide positions.

“It’s unlikely there’ll be a loan move for Miller in January. Leeds tend to develop their youngsters in-house, and those who do go out on loan often don’t return.

“Miller is on the right track and still bedding in, getting accustomed to the way Leeds operate. He’ll remain with the U23s for the remainder of the season.”

Options

Leeds may be light on options in certain areas of the pitch, but that cannot be levelled against the wing positions.

In Raphinha, Leeds have one of the best and most exciting wingers in the Premier League, while Jack Harrison and Dan James both joined for sizeable fees during the summer transfer window, the former after a lengthy loan spell at the club.

Behind them is Dutch sensation Crysencio Summerville who has been pulling up trees for the Under-23s since joining from Feyenoord in 2020.

He has been slowly introduced into the Whites senior team by Bielsa this season, making four Premier League appearances already in addition to two League Cup outings.

Miller faces a tough fight to break into the squad and is yet to make his senior Whites debut despite playing five Championship games last season.

But the pathway is there, as Summerville, Pascal Struijk and, recently, Joe Gelhardt have found out.

Staying in the Under-23s will do him no harm for the time being, and perhaps a loan will be looked at later down the line once he has proven himself at that level.

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