5 goals in 6 games: Ellis Simms is the answer to any Everton striker shortage
When Everton let Moise Kean head out on loan to PSG this summer plenty of fans felt it meant a move for another striker was likely, as a potential back-up to current first-choice options Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
However, Carlo Ancelotti and Marcel Brands did no such thing.
The general consensus is that the increasingly fit Cenk Tosun is seen as a potential first-team figure.
The £27 million (BBC) Sam Allardyce signing suffered a serious knee injury during a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season, which was aimed to be an eventual permanent move. He is now closing in on a return to action but some Everton fans might be wondering if it is a player in the under-23s who allowed Everton to decide to go without Kean this season.
Last night saw Ellis Simms, once again, find the back of the net for the Everton under-23s in their 2-1 loss to Manchester United.
Granted, he also missed an absolute sitter at 1-0 to Everton, which might have secured the win, but it continued the brilliant form the 19-year-old has showcased this season.
The teenage goal-machine has now scored five goals in six games this season and plenty of Everton fans have been clamoring for him to get his first-team opportunity.
That seems unlikely anytime soon, especially with Calvert-Lewin topping the Premier League scoring charts.m
But should there be an injury or suspension in attack, do not be surprised if Everton decide to pluck Simms from the youth team rather than give Tosun another go.
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