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Everton: Lampard must give Stanley Mills a chance vs Wolves

Everton will return to action in the Premier League on Boxing Day when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park.

The Toffees have had a disappointing start to their season with a poor run of performances ahead of the World Cup break and are now just one point clear of the relegation zone in 17th.

Their opponents on Monday are the only side that have scored fewer goals than Everton this season so far, however, with new manager Julen Lopetegui leading his first ever top flight fixture it will be hard for Frank Lampard to predict how Wolves will threaten.

As a result, the Everton boss must be clever in his approach to the fixture and match Wolves’ unpredictability by perhaps bringing in some fresh perspectives of his own during the clash.

One player that Lampard could unleash in the first home league game since October is youth prospect, Stanley Mills.

It has been reported that Tom Cannon, Isaac Price and Mills missed out on the action in the Everton U23s clash with Colchester earlier this week, hinting that the trio are being saved for the Boxing Day clash against Wolves.

The 19-year-old talent is having the season of his career so far in the U23s with the “outstanding” forward – as dubbed by Paul Tait – scoring seven goals in just 12 appearances.

Over 55 career appearances in the Everton youth set-up, Mills has scored 15 times and delivered six assists with a goal contribution every 170 minutes, an output that could be hugely valuable to Lampard.

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Upon signing his new contract at the club in August this year, Everton Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell lavished praise on the player for his progress in the academy:

“This new contract is a reward for Stanley’s encouraging progress at Everton.

“He took his chance to impress Frank and his staff during the summer and we are looking forward to him continuing to develop and keep pushing to be involved with the First Team this season.”

Mills – who was hailed “versatile” by Adam Jones – was recently invited to impress the former Chelsea boss on the Australian tour last month alongside a select few youth players and if he makes an appearance in the matchday squad at Goodison on Monday it would suggest he was successful.

Now Lampard can give Mills his chance to shine in front of the adoring home support and it will be a great opportunity for the manager to get an idea of whether the youngster is ready or not to feature in the first team more regularly over the second half of the season.