‘Keep him fit - he’s the type of player that will help you get promotion’: Rotherham verdict on reported Portsmouth, Plymouth, Lincoln and Burton target Mikel Miller

Pompey have recently been linked with a summer move for Mikel Miller.

By Pepe Lacey
Saturday, 25th June 2022, 4:59 pm
Updated Saturday, 25th June 2022, 5:05 pm

The Blues have reportedly entered the hunt, alongside League One rivals Plymouth, Lincoln and Burton, for the winger’s signature this window.

The 26-year-old was released by Rotherham at the end of last season, after an injury-affected spell that saw him make 39 appearances during a two-year stay at the Millers.

We spoke to New York Talk presenter Matthew Lax, who gave us the lowdown on the latest player to be linked with a move to Fratton Park.

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Here’s what was said...

‘Mikel knows he is a very popular player at Rotherham, he’s very quick, skilful, very direct and had he not been injured so much this season he would still be a Rotherham player.

‘There is no doubt for me that he earned his place on the pitch and earned a new contract, but he just could not stay fit for more than two or three games at a time.

‘If Pompey can keep him fit, he’s the type of player that will help you get promotion. He’s such a good player.

Released Rotherham winger Mikel Miller has been linked with a move to Pompey.

‘He’s naturally more of a winger but the system we play, he does have to play at wing-back.

‘He hasn’t been caught out and when we used him we haven’t been horrific defensively and left exposed, so he can do that job as well.

‘He is completely fearless, can put a ball in and was probably one of the best crossers at the club before he left. He’s pacey and athletic and very good on the wing.

‘What I would say of him on a negative side is that he makes stupid decisions and gets cheap yellow cards.

‘He’s played 30 or 40 games for us and has been sent off twice – but they were both two yellows and they were for just stupid things.

‘The injury record is such a problem for him, though. If he plays more than three games in a row for more than two years I would genuinely be amazed.

Ronan Curtis plays a lot of games, you can trust him but trust in Miller is an issue because of his injuries and the fact he gets a lot of suspensions.

‘You would need to bring in another player as well, you can’t just sign Mikel Miller and say that’s it for that position.

‘He’s such a useful player, even if he comes on for the last half an hour of a game. To bring the kind of pace on against a tiring team is just lethal.

‘His goal record at Rotherham wasn’t very good because of where we’re asking him to play. Put him in dangerous areas, he has shown he can do it.’