The former Tottenham Hotspur youngster re-signed for Burton Albion on a permanent basis.

Will Miller of Burton Albion

Burton Albion midfielder Will Miller has explained his decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window.

Miller had been on Spurs’ books for the last seven years, having arrived on a 12-month trial at the age of 14.

But in an interview with the Guardian, the former child actor said the decision to leave for Burton Albion, with whom he spent last season on loan, was a “no brainer”.

Miller continued: “I started the pre-season with the first team which was great, because their training was ridiculous and you are surrounded by incredible players.

Will Miller in action for Tottenham Hotspur

“Of course in my head I said: ‘OK, I am going to give it everything, I need to make my mark, I’m 21 and it’s now or never.’ I thought I did well in pre-season and then went to America and didn’t play. That was disappointing and kind of from there I was like: ‘I need to start thinking about moving elsewhere because it’s probably not going to happen.’

“It was difficult [to leave] but I felt like it was the right thing to do. It’s strange because last season I was here [at Burton] but I was on loan so it was like: ‘I’ve got Tottenham to go back to’, almost as like a safety net.

“But now it’s stepping into the big boy world – this is it now. The under-23s especially; it’s like your university, and now I’m leaving that and stepping out. It’s a good feeling and it’s how you grow.”

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Despite struggling for opportunities at Spurs, Miller had few bad words to say of anyone back at his former club, saying of Mauricio Pochettino: “[his] morals and standards are so high” –  and called Ugo Ehiogu, his former under-23s coach, who died in April, “incredible”.

He also cited Christian Eriksen, Ben Davies and Harry Kane as standout influences on his career, adding: “How can you not learn from those kind of players in that situation?”

Miller, who is yet to be named in a matchday squad since moving to Burton, could make his second debut for the Brewers against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

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