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Ellis Simms 50

 

Everton picked up the tall young striker, Ellis Simms in 2017, after he had been released from the Manchester City Academy at the age of 16. Before that, he had been at Blackburn Rovers.

He started slowly in his first season for Everton U18s, not getting may goals until the Spring of 2018, when he scored 4 in as many games — a sign of what was to come...

The next season was much more impressive: the youngster then blazed a fantastic trail with Everton U18s, firing an incredible 32 goals in 21 Under-18 Premier League matches. In all competitions, he was on target 46 times during the 2018-19 season. He played a few times for the Under-23 team during the season, scoring just 10 minutes into his Under-23 debut after coming off the bench in a Premier League International Cup game at Brighton & Hove Albion in October 2018.

Not necessarily a technically gifted player, Simms's raw speed and power worked remarkably well for him with the U18s, where the team played to his strengths as a supreme goal-poacher. 

On the back of this remarkable record, Simms agreed his first professional deal in May 2019 and moved up to David Unsworth's U23 squad. He would find the goals harder to come by at that level, however, and struggled a little for the first half of the season, scoring 13 in total before the season was curtailed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, his potential was recognised that season by an appearance on the bench for the first-team as manager Carlo Ancelotti took advantage of the extra substitutes allowed under "Project Restart" in the summer of 2020 to give the teenager a taste of life among the senior squad, but he did get on the field.

Simms continued knocking in goals for the Under-23s, scoring an impressive 8 times in 12 matches, before a loan deal was completed with Blackpool for him to fulfill the nnext stage of his development in League One. He will play out the rest of the season with the Seasiders. 

The young striker got off to a flyer when he started his loan spell with Blackpool in January, scoring twice after coming on as a substitute with 20 minutes to go at Wigan Athletic on what was his League One debut. Since then, however, he has had something of a lean spell, scoring just twice more over the next 12 games, although his more recent strike last weekend against Swindon was a cracking half-volleyed finish.

"You look at Ellis, his physique and his profile, and he's a really big boy, so I think when he first came in, I'm not sure how much he understood or realised how to use that physicality in his game, probably because he never had to do it much at U18s and U23s," said Blackpool assistant head coach, Mike Garrity. 

"We've been working with him quite a lot. He's probably annoyed by our voices! But we're just trying to keep him active and keep him moving.

"Maybe because of his age and stepping into senior football and getting thrown into the deep end, which isn't easy, sometimes he can have a tendency to drift out the game in his mind. We need to keep him concentrated.

"We've been talking to him a lot about staying in the game, staying active, staying around it, staying alive and alert. Even with his profile and his physique we don't want him to become a battering ram for us. We want to play football.

"So we're looking at ways and means to use his attributes to help us, because when he opens his legs and gets moving, he's quite pacey. So we're trying to concentrate on the strengths he possesses to use at this level.

"We want to put him in as many goal-scoring opportunities and positions as we can. Having watched a lot of his stuff at Everton, he does come alive in the box. Things seem to drop on him, and people say it's lucky, but it's not. It's being in the right place at the right time.

"They're the things we have said to him, he has to stay as alert and alive outside the box as he does inside it." 

FactFile

Squad numbers 50, 72
Position Striker
Nationality England
Born Oldham
Date of birth 5 January 2001
Height  6'-1" (1.83 m) 
Joined 1 July 2017
Joined from [Manchester City]
Signed under Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee No Fee
Contract duration 2 + 2 years
Contract expires June 2021
Full debut Under-23s only
Previous Clubs  Manchester City
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2018-19 72 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2019-20 50 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2020-21 50 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

Loan Spells

Season Team League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2020-21 Blackpool 14 (3) 5 0 (1) 0 14 (4) 5

Academy U23s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2018-19 Under-23s 2 (2) 1 (1) 0 1
2019-20 Under-23s 11 (4) 9 (4) 8 3
2020-21 Under-23s 12 (0) 0 (0) 8 0

Academy U18s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2017-18 Under-18s  11 (6) 1 (2) 4 1
2018-19 Under-18s 20 (1) 9 (1) 32 13
           



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