Everton striker Ellis Simms is one of the most highly rated youngsters at Goodison Park, and a coach with Liverpool connections is looking to take his game to the next level.
The Toffees prodigy was a regular in David Unsworth’s Under-23s side over the last 18 months, having enjoyed an amazingly prolific campaign for the Under-18s in 2018-19.
Simms also made it into a Premier League matchday squad for the first time earlier 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, but he is yet to make his debut for the first team.
Simms left Goodison Park in January, linking up with League One side Blackpool on loan until the end of the season.
He enjoyed a sensational debut, scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Wigan, and has made six appearances for the Seasiders in all competitions.
Simms’ manager Neil Critchley spent seven successful years at Liverpool, first managing the Under-18s and then the Under-23s.
He has helped plenty of talented Reds prospects progress through the ranks, and now he’s doing the same for Simms.
“Working under a head coach in Neil Critchley, who is renowned for helping players grow and develop at Liverpool previously, is fantastic,” Simms told the Blackpool website.
“I’m enjoying working under him and the rest of the coaching staff.
“He understands how to help players develop their careers to become strong professionals, so I’m listening to all of his advice.
“I feel I’ve made the transition to the first team game quite well so far, but there’s still so much more I need to learn.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to grow my game and help Blackpool go as far as they can.”
Critchley has done great work with players on the red side of Liverpool, could he now help the blue side bring through their next big homegrown star?