Everton have made a thoroughly promising start to the season under Marco Silva, but there are murmurs emerging from the youth set-up which suggest positive progress is being made from top to bottom.
The Toffees have seen a handful of talented youngsters emerge through the ranks in recent years, with the likes of John Stones and now both Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin recently making the transition into senior football with huge promise.
However, not one of the aforementioned trio started their career on Merseyside, and it appears that Everton’s scouting network have once again picked out a gem from afar.
Indeed, Everton made the decision to sign Ellis Simms from Manchester City’s youth set up in July 2017, and he is slowly beginning to look like an incredibly shrewd purchase at just 17-years-of-age.
Simms initially struggled to find the back of the net with any impressive consistency on his debut season, as he finished the campaign with just four goals from 17 appearances for the U18 squad.
But his period of adjustment is over and Simms is now scoring with a level of proficiency which points towards an incredibly bright future in the game.
The Oldham-born youngster has been in sparkling form at youth level, scoring 16 goals from just nine appearances, including four a piece in Everton’s pair of demolitions over Newcastle’s and Blackburn’s U18 sides.
That record translates to a return of one goal for every 50 minutes of football played – a record which is basically unheard of at any level of the game.
The next step for Simms will be embracing the transition from U18 football to reserve team football, where he will naturally come up against a handful of top quality defenders pushing for a chance with their senior squads.
How smoothly Simms will make that transition remains to be seen, but his prolific record at youth level proves that he is one for the Toffees faithful to keep a keen eye on this season.
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