The young striker got off to a flyer when he started a 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," " Blackpool assistant head coach Mike Garrity told the Liverpool Echo.
"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."
"It's lovely to go out on loan and play and do well and everything is going great, but there are also the times when it's not going great, and you're not in the team. You have to look how players respond from a mentality point of view.
"It won't always be rosy, it won't always be nice and there will be times when he's not in the team and there will be times when games don't go his way and he'll find it tough. But his loan should give him all those experiences to help him develop into a better player."
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1 Posted 09/04/2021 at 11:16:40
2 Posted 09/04/2021 at 11:35:30
3 Posted 09/04/2021 at 11:35:48
The sooner all the hangers on are out of the club the better. If this is the best that Unsworth, Jeffers and the rest of Bills luvvies can produce then it is pointless having an academy. The sooner they are out of the club the better. Kenwright and his contracts for former players are a joke. None of them have a bit of coaching nous between them.
We might as well shut the academy now, we will never produce anything of note. Put the money we save towards getting some experienced pros from abroad who might be able to get a game or 2.
4 Posted 09/04/2021 at 11:36:17
I know when observing Premier League footballers I will always think they can do better, but there are a high standard of players who are trying to make sure they are not able to play and maybe a seasoned Manager targeting them in his match preparation coaching.
I know myself that a good team at one level , can be taken apart by a team at a higher level. I have in the past played for a very well coached young team , who gave a higher level team a thorough lesson.
5 Posted 09/04/2021 at 11:52:04
It is too soon to know where he will go. At the same age Ollie Watkins was just breaking into Exeter's team in League 2, for example. Bamford, another who was just breaking into League 1 football on loan. Callum Wilson another. So it is never too late if he has the will power to combinewith his talent.
Here's hopingfor few more goals to help push towards promotion, and another loan next season at Blackpool to continue his development.
6 Posted 09/04/2021 at 12:10:06
7 Posted 09/04/2021 at 12:21:15
8 Posted 09/04/2021 at 12:29:20
9 Posted 09/04/2021 at 12:32:12
10 Posted 09/04/2021 at 12:36:41
11 Posted 09/04/2021 at 13:15:27
Think Branthwaite, Simms and Gordon are the only ones coming back for next year. All the others will be shipped out this summer. Hopefully some will make it back to the Prem, like Dowell next season. At the very least they'll all be at Championship clubs, as that's their level. We won't mention Markelo...
12 Posted 09/04/2021 at 13:21:05
13 Posted 09/04/2021 at 13:49:00
I think this is a great read. The loan system has its critics, but Blackpool appear to be giving the lad a good schooling and taking their pastoral care of Simms very seriously.
It must help his development that Blackpool, who started the season lethargically and were way off the top, are now in a rich vein of form and are in the promotion places to climb back to the Championship. That makes every game important so the players and the team have to be 'on' all the time.
I'm someone who watches as many academy games at all age groups as I can, and I always had a wry smile when some called for Simms to be 'given a chance' in our first team.
Ellis is way, WAY off PL class still. Personally, I don't see him making the leap to Everton's first team, but like so many academy players down the years he will have a career in the game.
The loan system may be a bit of a lottery, but this report shows it maybe isn't a totally forlorn and futile exercise.
14 Posted 09/04/2021 at 14:01:47
15 Posted 09/04/2021 at 14:11:35
16 Posted 09/04/2021 at 14:55:13
The icing on the cake is the player comes good for our own club, or in Blackpool's case, maybe they have an option negotiated for an extended loan or transfer.
The most important thing, from a youth coaching perspective, is we want to give the players to best opportunity to forge a career in the game.
17 Posted 09/04/2021 at 15:24:15
18 Posted 09/04/2021 at 17:28:20
Having said that, I know the goal is the same size, at all levels, but as you go higher up in the echelons of the various Leagues, midfielders and defenders are quicker, and better so it is less a game of Aunt Sally, and more a Game of Chess with football boots and a ball.
I think there are an awful lot of players who seem to ' have it ' at an early age and either score for fun, defend like troopers, or show consummate skill in midfield, and we all start thinking, this guy will save us a fortune, whether it be in any of the positions, but later they seem to just peter out. Okay they will probably earn a decent enough living playing at Lower Levels, but the next Wayne Rooney is like rocking horse dung!
Pat K, you naughty boy there, some will be upset by that, but you have got a point on recent form.
19 Posted 09/04/2021 at 17:40:50
Despite the somewhat gloomy news on loanies, Everton still need to give all young players a chance to prove their worth. I also think that we do not give enough young players the chance to have some games in the first team.
20 Posted 09/04/2021 at 18:07:52
21 Posted 09/04/2021 at 18:33:21
22 Posted 09/04/2021 at 18:43:06
Apparently they have had him train with the first team since and been showing him clips of Allan.
Seems they are impressed with him as I think a few of us were.
23 Posted 09/04/2021 at 18:52:44
Its on now on the clubs YouTube channel k.o. 7 pm.
24 Posted 09/04/2021 at 18:58:25
25 Posted 09/04/2021 at 18:58:25
26 Posted 09/04/2021 at 19:14:49
Seems that Ellis is in capable coaches with his best interest at heart, and I think now it will be his mental strength and belief that needs to come through.
Im sure he can achieve success and that will take loads of true grit, courage and belief.
27 Posted 09/04/2021 at 19:53:28
28 Posted 09/04/2021 at 20:05:58
29 Posted 09/04/2021 at 20:09:53
30 Posted 09/04/2021 at 20:13:22
31 Posted 09/04/2021 at 20:40:51
32 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:16:06
33 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:35:33
34 Posted 09/04/2021 at 22:00:01
I had assumed the clubs had some ‘in-house system designed to bridge the gap such as full tilt training games.
Rugby training sessions could be brutal, with players trying to prove they were ready to step-up. It didnt give you full preparation for the speed of games the next level up but it got you very close.
35 Posted 10/04/2021 at 09:36:48
Players like Vardy, David Platt, Ian Wright who become world class players from near grass roots level (at one stage) are in the rare minority outlier. If our youth players at 20 can't show many glimmers of fantastic performances at Championship level, then it's a long development process ahead.
However, I think if Simms is in the Championship or say abroad in a top league next year, it will give us a great clue as how much he has to improve, as there are lots of good attributes to like.
We need young players who can match performance levels at 19/20/21 years old of players such as these below if we want to build a foundation of top quality young players:
So unfortunately, most of the youth squad who are 20/21 are I suspect going to be re-homed hopefully in a good club, say at League 1 level. Let's hope some of them do a Lundstrum and make a brief living at Premier League level one day - they all have a chance to do it if they want it more and work on getting better rather than doing anything else in their leisure time. ( It could be anything like watching how sprinters train and get faster times, running technique of sprinters, how marathon runners plan a course, how high jumpers get more lift, how judo people use their bodies - just depends on how much they want it.)
36 Posted 10/04/2021 at 10:02:25
37 Posted 10/04/2021 at 10:24:42
That's a great insight. I've noticed many times you're a man of knowledge on local football and sport, and of course plenty of other things. I do wonder if the club could do with some more local ears at times to keep ahead.
Let's hope our staff at the club have the humility to bring in more coaches who are successful in other sports, even if they are classed as an "amateur". The main thing is, if they have the data to show some evidence and good results, then why not mix it up a bit to see in our own closed door observations on the effect of some new ideas. These boys are brilliant at 14, but not the best-of-the-best at 20. Sometimes, it's worth "stumbling" on an idea/variable that can have a significance on the effect in one of the year groups.
Also, it would make training and homework much more stimulating and interesting to get the insights from non-football coaches with winning formulas to try out and experiement with. And while doing this and the boys are trying stuff out, they might be inadvertantly improving even more.
Or we could bring in legends like Daley Thompson. Image a day where he came round and showed people how he managed his body, rest, gym ideas, improvind different areas and managing his schedule.
38 Posted 10/04/2021 at 10:27:18
39 Posted 10/04/2021 at 10:49:34
So many factors it is wrong to take a broad brush and write them all off at 20 years old. I do wonder though if as a club we build these lads up in the press - remember how Branch was supposed to be the next Michael Owen? Ledson,Walsh,Dowell were all built up as future stars only to end up having to try to fight their way back up from lower leagues. It can so easily affect them mentally when they are bigged up like this and the same is now happening with Lewis Warrington. Surely better to keep quiet til they are ready?
40 Posted 10/04/2021 at 12:18:40
I like Michael Garrity, he was under 23 manager of Liverpool for a period, and after having a very bad injury whilst a young player at West Brom, he decided to pursue a career in coaching from a very early age, and this is possibly why hes very interested in helping out youngsters who he feels might have a chance.
41 Posted 10/04/2021 at 12:50:31
He struggled a bit in his first season for the U18s, then scored for fun the year after. He struggled at first when he moved up to the U23s, then started scoring regularly. Hes struggled a bit when playing against men, hopefully he will follow the same trend.
Not every player is a world beater at 19, some of them learn and adapt before becoming top class players. Just ask Harry Kane.
42 Posted 10/04/2021 at 12:58:05
43 Posted 10/04/2021 at 12:58:10
44 Posted 10/04/2021 at 13:11:25
You're absolutely correct though, like in any walk of life, some people learn and develop at different stages. Change of surroundings often results in a step back before moving forward again.
45 Posted 10/04/2021 at 18:12:17
46 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:48:37
47 Posted 11/04/2021 at 20:24:15
2 nice chances, made one. And I think that's him getting the ball forward for BP's second goal.
48 Posted 12/04/2021 at 22:38:26
Many league teams would be financially better off scrapping the youth teams and simply loaning 4 or 5 players each season as back up or to asses future signings.
Evertons youth success stories are few and far between in recent years. Tom Davies the only first team regular and although I'm a fan and think he's a good player, he's not top class and never will be.
We can't attract the best at any age range currently, Liverpool, the Manchester clubs and others all bring through or sell for millions a couple of players each season.
We have a lot of caching up to do both on and off the pitch. I believe we have started to address these issues but when a promising player like Small and Nkounkou see Godfrey as first choice back up as an attacking full back or wing back, whats the point in sticking around.
Godfrey has been great, possibly our best buy but our general game management has been too negative for my liking. Chasing a game Siggy, James, Gomes, can't get around the pitch quickly enough. All 3 at once is ridiculous.
I want to see more of Nkounkou, he's a proper wing back option should we want to play that formation.
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