After providing the heads up on Gary Roberts last week, Huddersfield supporter Charlie Johnson returns to answer our questions on former Terrier, Tommy Miller.
Miller made 33 appearances for you this season, but the vast majority were before Clark was given the shove. Doesn’t Grayson like him?
Not at all, in fact he was injured for much of Grayson’s tenure, and was in fact our first choice midfielder for most of the season. He became particularly important during the play off campaign, where he forged a very solid partnership with Damien Johnson.
What type of player is Miller, what can Swindon fans expect to see?
He’s not the attacking, goal scoring midfielder he once was. In truth he’s a very steady midfielder who’ll keep a team ticking over. He’s a fairly reliable midfield presence and will add stability even if he rarely does anything eye catching. If given the game time however I’d expect him to get a few goals.
We’ve given him a one year deal, which is sensible considering he’s 33. Has he still got much to give? Does he still have the fitness for League One?
He coped fairly well, and never seemed particularly unfit. However a one year deal is a very sensible one, considering his age and the fact that he isn’t the player he once was.
He certainly isn’t over the hill though & it’s worth remembering he was part of a Huddersfield side that was consistently competing at the upper end of the table.
What midfield role and position does Miller suit?
He’s an experienced midfield battler these days. He’s not likely to be seen bursting into the box much, nor will he sit on the toes of the defence. He’ll stay central and keep the ball moving. He was like most of Huddersfield’s midfielders last season: solid without being spectacular.
Does Tommy have any particular strengths or weaknesses?
He’s steady, got a decent passing range and is a positive influence in the dressing room.
On the negative front, he doesn’t get amongst the goals too often, can be a little panicky and will rarely do anything to really catch the eye.
Should we read anything into Di Canio’s decision to sign both Miller and Roberts?
Other than Huddersfield had let some good players go in the summer, I would say that Di Canio was looking for experienced campaigners at that level and players who can certainly do a job. Roberts & Miller aren’t the players they were but will provide some much needed experience in a first campaign in the division.
With only one season under his belt at Huddersfield, how will Tommy be remembered?
I spent much of the latter part of our season fretting over our central midfield, and then Tommy & Damien Johnson took the positions and simply steadied the ship. Tommy was vitally important in making us solid and he really helped address a difficult position. He ultimately won’t go down as a legend but as solid pro who came in and did a job for us.