Everton’s fast start under Rafael Benitez has come to a sudden halt in recent weeks, but there’s still plenty of reasons for the Merseyside outfit to remain hopeful.
With a new stadium on the way, young talents such as Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ben Godfrey on the books and a proven winner at the helm in Benitez, it could be an exciting few years for the Toffees.
However, perhaps nothing gets the supporters quite as excited as a new player rising through the ranks and graduating from the academy into the first team squad. Stanley Mills could be the next Everton hopeful to do just that.
The winger has been in Everton’s youth system since the age of 14 after moving from Leeds United and is described as a “speedy and skilful dribbler with impressive ball-striking ability” on the club’s official website.
During 2020/21, Mills became a mainstay in the under-18 side before being promoted to the Blues’ under-23s in their penultimate game of the season, marking his debut with a goal in a 5-0 victory at Southampton.
His impressive exploits earned the youngster, who is the son of former Leeds United and England defender Danny Mills, his first professional contract, signing a two-year deal back in July.
A further profile piece describes the right-sided forward as a “quick, intelligent and composed midfield player”, adding that he had to battle back from a serious knee injury in order to continue his progression.
The teenager has continued to take his game to new levels in the current campaign. Since making his stay with David Unsworth’s under-23s permanent, Mills has not looked back.
In 12 appearances for the young Toffees, he has bagged two goals and added a further two assists, illustrating his top-class potential.
Only time will tell if he has what it takes to make the step up to Premier League football, but the early signs suggest that Benitez could unearth another Everton gem in Mills over the coming years.