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According to Football Insider, Stoke City are among a host of clubs interested in signing Hamilton Academical striker Mickel Miller.
The 24-year-old has scored three goals in 21 league appearances for Hamilton this season, but his future at the club is looking uncertain.
Miller’s contract at the SPFL club is set to expire next month, with the likes of Stoke City, AFC Wimbledon, Burton Albion and Hamburg all said to be interested in landing him on a free transfer.
Michael O’Neill will be keen to strengthen his squad this summer as Stoke look to secure their place in the Championship for another year, but would Miller be a good addition for the Potters?
Here, we discuss…
I’m not sold on this one.
Miller has scored four goals in the Scottish Premiership this season for Hamilton Academical and that is hardly what you’d call prolific.
The Championship is arguably a higher level if you take Rangers and Celtic out of the equation and so is he going to score the goals Stoke City need?
The Potters need to add more attacking impetus to their side for next season as battling near the bottom is not enough for a club as ambitious as they are.
I’d be surprised if Miller was their only attacking signing in the summer, if indeed it happened at all.
I’m not too sure about this one to be honest.
Miller has been impressive for Hamilton Academical this season, but I have my doubts as to whether he’s capable of making the step up to the Championship with Stoke City.
The Potters have really struggled in the second tier this term, and they need players that know what is required in the Championship to get themselves back into the Premier League at the earliest of opportunities.
You would imagine that there are better and more experienced options out there for Michael O’Neill heading into the summer as well.
However, given that any potential deal between both parties would be on a free transfer, it could turn out to be a smart bit of business by the Potters.
If he can hit the ground running then that would be perfect for Stoke, but I still have my doubts as to whether he’s ready for the Championship just yet.
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I don’t think Miller would be too much of a good signing for Stoke – they need to be more ambitious here.
Miller has struggled for goals for a below average Scottish Premiership side and is goalscoring record is hardly impressive, and a move to League One might suit him more to be honest.
Stoke need to bolster their attacking options this summer for sure, but whether Miller would be an upgrade on the likes of Tyrese Campbell, Sam Vokes and Lee Gregory is unlikely.
On a free transfer, anything could happen and it could turn out to be a coup, but the 24-year-old doesn’t look like the answer to all of their problems on paper.
This could turn out to be a masterstroke by O’Neill if it pays off.
Miller looks like he could be a really interesting addition for Stoke, particularly as he looks set to become a free agent this summer.
The 24-year-old is still quite a raw player but he has shown glimpses of just how dangerous a forward he could be.
It’s without a doubt a gamble, particularly as his goalscoring record at Aberdeen wasn’t fantastic and he would be completely new to the Championship.
I don’t mind this move if Stoke recognise that it is a risk and don’t expect too much from it. Miller could be a really exciting addition but he is not a guaranteed success.