Everton coach provides January transfer update on Ellis Simms

Everton head of academy coaching John Ebbrell has admitted that Ellis Simms could leave on loan before the end of the January transfer window.

The striker has been a regular in David Unsworth’s under-23s side for the last two seasons and made his way into a Premier League squad for the first time earlier in 2020/21, sitting on the bench for the 2-1 loss at Newcastle United.

The 20-year-old was also among the substitutes when Carlo Ancelotti’s senior side took on Rotherham United in the FA Cup earlier this month, but he is still yet to make his debut for the first team.

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Cenk Tosun currently ahead of Simms in the pecking order – some have speculated that a loan might be best for the youngster to pick up first team minutes.

When asked about that, Ebbrell told reporters: “Yeah quite possibly, but a club has to come in for him for that to happen.

“I don’t know, that’s above my level, but I would imagine there’s a good chance he’ll leave in January to get some experience.

“Most January windows I’ve been involved in, two or three players leave and go on to gain experience at a competitive level.

“That may well happen again.”

Simms has been one of a selection of youngsters selected to train with Ancelotti’s first team over the past few weeks.

In particular the strike and fellow under-23s prospect Tyler Onyango featured in Everton’s latest behind-the-scenes video from a session at Finch Farm involving the senior side.

And Ebbrell believes experiences like that will stand the pair in good stead for the future.

“It’s just great experience for them, I think that’s the most important thing – that they get experience training with other pros,” he added.

“That’s a demand when you go and train with the first team, I’m sure the first team staff are demanding of them as well which I’m sure is a step up for them.

“But the most important thing I think, when they come back down and play or train with us, is that their attitude is spot on and they perform in the matches.

“Players are judged in matches. Both were fine tonight and the attitudes were fine.”

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