Everton’s academy is steeped in history, especially over the last 20 years where it’s flourished significantly.
The Toffees have brought through the likes of Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley but in recent years, cracks are starting to emerge.
Despite this, Rafa Benitez has been keen to blood the new generation.
Lewis Dobbin made his first-team debut against Norwich, joining the impressive Jarrad Branthwaite and Anthony Gordon in earning senior minutes this season.
Gordon has particularly impressed and after a vibrant cameo against QPR, featured vs the Canaries in Everton’s 2-0 win on Saturday.
The winger was incredibly lively in their Carabao Cup defeat a few days prior, completing more key passes (4) than any other player on the field.
He will be seen as an example for the rest of Everton’s hot talent coming through the system at Finch Farm.
The son of former England international, Danny Mills, the attacking midfielder is a vibrant player with enormous technical abilities.
Crucially, the 17-year-old is held in high esteem by David Unsworth too.
Speaking about the best talents in the academy, he commented: “Our Youth Cup team this year should be really strong with the likes of Charlie Whitaker, Lewis Dobbin, Reece Welch, Isaac Price, Luke Butterfield and Stan Mills. They are players who we feel have got great potential and they are already playing in the u-23s at the start of their second year of scholarship.”
Possessing the ability to play centrally or out wide, he could be the player to watch alongside Gordon in the coming years.
Just imagine the sight of Mills running rampant down one side while Gordon goes to town down the other.
Supporters always relish seeing young players doing well and that should be no different for the teenager in question.
A speedy and agile dribbler, Mills also has an element of poise and grace to his game as well. Describing the midfielder after he signed a new deal, the Everton website read:
“A quick, intelligent and composed midfield player, Mills has also shown impressive resilience and determination to battle back from a serious knee injury to establish himself as an important player for Everton Under-18s.”
Since that review, he has gone on to play at a higher age bracket, even featuring in the EFL Trophy against Morecambe.
Matches like that against senior professionals will only help his development and hopefully, turn him into the future star Everton know he can be.