Matt Mills

Full name: Matthew Claude Mills
Birthdate: 14.07.1986
Birthplace: Leicester
Position: Centre-back
Joined from: Reading
Signed by: Sven-Göran Eriksson
Nationality: England
First game: Coventry City, 06.08.2011
Last game: Watford, 14.02.2012
Games: 31
Goals: 1

Player profile

The centre-back arrived at the King Power Stadium with a reported £5 million price tag on his head, big pressure, especially given Mills was also immediately handed the captain's armband by Sven Goran Eriksson.

Add on fees, although not confirmed and kept as 'undisclosed', could have sent his overall cost to £5.5 million when he signed from Reading, something which would have made him the most expensive player in Leicester's history.

The former Manchester City man, ironically, came up against former club Reading in City's first home game of the new 2011-12 season and had a somewhat below-par game, with some fans questioning his signing. But he improved with time, although he did get sent-off for a two-footed lunge in City's 2-0 defeat at Birmingham City in October 2011.

He began his senior career with Southampton but, after loan stints with Coventry City and Bournemouth, Manchester City snapped him up after the tall and athletic defender had appeared for England U18s and U19s. He made just two league appearances for the Citizens and was loaned out to Colchester United and Doncaster Rovers before the latter signed him on a permanent deal.

He spent a year with Doncaster before Reading signed him, for a fee believed to be around the £2 million mark, and he really kicked on to become an impressive player at Championship level. Mills and his Reading team-mates missed out on promotion to the Premier League in 2010-11 and the Foxes offer for the Royals' key man proved too good to turn down.

League Total
Season Division Apps Gls Apps Gls
2011-12Championship251311
2011_1135_
Total251311
_1135_
From/To Fee Date
IN  Reading £4,500,000 07.07.2011
OUT  Bolton Wanderers Unknown 04.07.2012

Appearances

DateCompetitionOppositionResultStartSubGoals
1 06.08.2011 Championship Coventry City (A) 1 - 0
2 09.08.2011 League Cup 1 Rotherham United (A) 4 - 1
3 13.08.2011 Championship Reading (H) 0 - 2
4 20.08.2011 Championship Nottingham Forest (A) 2 - 2
5 23.08.2011 League Cup 2 Bury (A) 4 - 2
6 27.08.2011 Championship Southampton (H) 3 - 2
7 10.09.2011 Championship Barnsley (A) 1 - 1
8 17.09.2011 Championship Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 1 - 0
9 21.09.2011 League Cup 3 Cardiff City (A) 2 - 2
10 25.09.2011 Championship Cardiff City (A) 0 - 0
11 28.09.2011 Championship Middlesbrough (A) 0 - 0
12 01.10.2011 Championship Derby County (H) 4 - 0
13 16.10.2011 Championship Birmingham City (A) 0 - 2
14 01.11.2011 Championship Burnley (A) 3 - 1
15 07.11.2011 Championship Leeds United (H) 0 - 1
16 20.11.2011 Championship Crystal Palace (H) 3 - 0
17 26.11.2011 Championship Portsmouth (A) 1 - 1
18 29.11.2011 Championship Blackpool (H) 2 - 0
19 03.12.2011 Championship Hull City (A) 1 - 2
20 26.12.2011 Championship Ipswich Town (H) 1 - 1
21 31.12.2011 Championship Portsmouth (H) 1 - 1
22 02.01.2012 Championship Crystal Palace (A) 2 - 1
23 07.01.2012 FA Cup 3 Nottingham Forest (A) 0 - 0
24 14.01.2012 Championship Barnsley (H) 1 - 2
25 17.01.2012 FA Cup 3 rep Nottingham Forest (H) 4 - 0
26 23.01.2012 Championship Southampton (A) 2 - 0 1
27 28.01.2012 FA Cup 4 Swindon Town (H) 2 - 0
28 01.02.2012 Championship Middlesbrough (H) 2 - 2
29 04.02.2012 Championship Brighton & Hove Albion (A) 0 - 1
30 11.02.2012 Championship Cardiff City (H) 2 - 1
31 14.02.2012 Championship Watford (A) 2 - 3
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