George Miller- scout report

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Career Summary

George Miller’s return to his hometown club could not have gone much better. On his second debut, the centre forward came off the bench as a second half substitute, and inspired the Shakers to their first win since November, scoring the first goal in a 2-1 win. With renewed hope amongst the fans, could Miller score the goals to save the club from relegation.

George Miller started his career with Bury, enjoying two successful seasons with the under 18’s, and making his debut for the first team on the 7th February against Barnsley. Before signing his first pro deal in the summer of 2016.

His first season as a pro didn’t start off brilliantly as injury forced him to miss the first two months, and then he spent a short time on loan at Witton Albion.

He was finally given a chance in the first team towards the end of October scoring three goals in his first seven games. He was mainly used as a substitute during the 16/17 season, going onto make 31 appearances scoring eight goals (despite only starting five games).

After his debut campaign Miller was a man in demand, and in July he joined Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee. He spent the first six months playing for the under 23’s, scoring 11 goals in 12 games and making his debut for the first team in the EFL Cup.

In December he spent a month on loan in the National League with Wrexham playing six times failing to score.

On the 19th January he re-joined Bury on loan for the rest of the season, and after his first game he has restored a lot of faith in the Bury faithful, who will undoubtedly be hoping their homegrown hero can lead them safety.

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Strengths & Weaknesses

One of Miller’s key strengths is his pace and his willingness to get in behind and cause problems. As can be seen during his displays during the 16/17 season, Miller knows exactly when to time his runs and has the speed to outpace the majority of defenders in League One.

Another vital aspect of his game is his finishing ability. Any chances that fall to him inside the box will be dispatched comfortably. As well as that he remains very composed in front of goal and does not panic when presented with a chance on goal. However, he also has the capability to score spectacular long-range efforts, as seen while playing for Middlesbrough under 23’s against Blackburn under 23’s.

One thing he may need to work on is his physical stature, standing at 5ft 10in he is a good height for a striker. However, he is quite slightly built and the physicality of League One defenders may offer a stumbling block.

Bury on loan from Middlesbrough
11th August 1998- he is 19

What They Say

Chris Brass- ex Bury manager

“George has done brilliantly and is another young player who has stepped forward, when needed, by coming off the bench to score goals for us,” “It’s fantastic for everyone that he has made an impact for us when we have needed it”.

David Flitcroft- ex Bury manager

“He goes out and he does the work and he’s obsessed with become a pro footballer, I haven’t really witnessed it quite to the extreme he’s got, but he’s the first in and the last out and he deserved his chance on Saturday.”