Everton head of academy coaching John Ebbrell has admitted that Ellis Simms is likely to leave Goodison Park on loan before the end of the January transfer window.
The Toffees striker has been a regular in David Unsworth’s Under-23s side over the last 18 months, having enjoyed an eye-openingly prolific campaign for the U18s in 2018-19.
Simms also made it into a Premier League matchday squad for the first time earlier in this season, getting a spot on the bench for the 2-1 loss at Newcastle United.
The 20-year-old was also among the substitutes when Carlo Ancelotti’s side took on Rotherham in the FA Cup earlier this month, but he is yet to make his debut for the first team.
Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo earlier this season that he planned to keep Ellis at Everton until January, and now Ebbrell has suggested he could well be on the move.
When asked about the prospect of a Simms loan switch, Ebbrell told the Echo: “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 shown he’s clearly a cut above at academy level, to the point that Unsworth deemed him “absolutely superb”, and also compared his prospective route to the first team to that of fellow Finch Farm gem Anthony Gordon last year.
Admittedly, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Cenk Tosun currently ahead of Simms in the pecking order, not to mention the fact that the youngster really could do with regular first-team experience, a loan really is a no-brainer.