17 July 2024

Stan Mills | Player Profile

Loanee of Everton Stanley Mills highlights a significant Premier League differential and reveals his season goals.
Stanley Mills, a prospect from the Everton academy, has performed well so far on loan at Oxford United.

Everton youngster Stanley Mills has opened up about his successful start to life on loan at Oxford United.

The 19-year-old excelled for Everton’s U21 side last season, scoring 13 goals in 19 games across all competitions. His form at academy level saw Mills rewarded with his first team debut and two cameo appearances in the Carabao Cup.

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Taking the next step in his career, the forward secured a loan switch to Oxford. The U’s have made a positive start to the season, sitting third in League One after seven games, and Mills has proved himself to be a bright spark in Liam Manning’s side.

The teenager scored his first senior goal at the weekend with a stunning outside of the box effort in a 3-0 win over Fleetwood Town. This, added to his two assists in six league games, means Mills is delighted with how his loan move has begun.

“I’ve settled in quickly. The lads here are brilliant, and the club have been really helpful with sorting a place for me to live, so it’s been really good,” Mills told Everton’s club website.

“I’ve been pleased with the first few weeks. I feel like playing in the league is a lot different to playing ’21s football last year; it means something to everyone, and I think that’s good for my development.”

The majority of his appearances have come from the bench but Mills will be confident of staying in the XI after justifying his spot with an eye-catching finish. It is all a learning curve for the young prospect, who keeps in contact with Everton’s loans pathway manager James Vaughan, and admits his experiences with Everton’s academy have prepared him for life in the EFL.

“A lot of teams are more physical, and they play a lot more directly. It’s something you’ve got to get used to quickly, and I think some teams are like that in Premier League 2, so you’re used to it occasionally,” Mills continued.

“Especially playing in last year’s EFL Trophy. That gets you ready for that physicality because you’re playing against those teams from League One and Two. I think that’s definitely been good for my development.”

Summarising his aims for the season, Mills concluded: “Every time I’ve come on or started a game, I’ve had a good impact and I’m just going to try to keep impacting the game in any way I can, whether that’s creating goals, scoring or just helping the team out to get the three points. I just want to try to nail down a starting spot and keep myself in the team.”

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