Everton praise ‘unbelievable’ attitude of senior stars who are set to leave

Everton under-23 assistant manager John Ebbrell has praised the ‘outstanding’ influence of several senior players since returning to pre-season.

Matthew Pennington, Callum Connolly, Beni Baningime, Nathan Broadhead and Josh Bowler all left on loan last term but have worked with the reserve team since the restart.

With the exception of Bowler – because of a recent training ground injury that could keep him out until after the New Year – Everton are open to offloading the quartet before the EFL transfer deadline on Friday.

All four have featured for the u-23s this term and former Everton midfielder Ebbrell was keen to stress the impact they have made at Finch Farm.

“Their attitudes are unbelievable and they are a real driving force in training,” he told the ECHO. “They set the standards.

“They’ve been out on loan and with us before that so they know what we want but they have been absolutely outstanding in terms of demanding, from the younger players, the standards we expect.

“They have been nothing but a credit to themselves and a great help for the younger players. They have been brilliant.”

Ebbrell also backed striker Ellis Simms to continue his eye-catching start to the campaign after he netted three goals in his first three appearances before the international break.

“What I do know with Ellis, if he ends up one-vs-one with the goalkeeper, he’s scoring,” the assistant boss added.

“From experience, I know if you have time to think for that finish it can be difficult but Ellis is really calm and composed in those situations. He very rarely misses.”


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