Report: Whether Frank Lampard is planning to recall Ellis Simms from Sunderland loan in January
Everton currently sit in a precarious position in the Premier League, just one point above the relegation zone.
Goals have been hard to come by, with only Wolves scoring less than them this season.
The 21-year-old forward joined Championship side Sunderland on a temporary deal this summer.
He’s stepped up to the second tier well, making 14 appearances for the Black Cats already.
Simms has scored five goals and provided two assists so far this season.
It’s a decent effort so far, with the top scorer in the league yet to reach double figures.
His manager at Sunderland, Tony Mowbray, has encouraged Simms to be more selfish in front of goal.
It’s a message that Lampard is likely to repeat, having seen his strikers struggle in front of goal.
However, The Athletic’s journalist Patrick Boyland suggests that the plan for Simms is to keep him at Sunderland for the rest of the season.
Everton plan to keep Simms out on loan
The Toffees’ first choice striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, has struggled with his form over the past 18 months.
The 25-year-old managed just five goals in the whole of last season, and has found the back of the net once this campaign.
Fitness has been a key issue for Calvert-Lewin, who has started less than 20 games since the beginning of the 2021/22 season.
He did post on Twitter yesterday, showing that he’s back in the gym getting ready for the Premier League restart.
Neal Maupay is Calvert-Lewin’s back-up, having been signed from Brighton in the summer.
He’s never been the most prolific top flight forward, and like Calvert-Lewin has just one league goal this season.
Maupay has insisted he could play alongside the Englishman, but Lampard will be wary of sacrificing a more defensive player in his system.
Simms will hope the plan for him next season is to play a bigger role at Goodison Park.
He’s now got six months in the Championship to show he should be part of Lampard’s squad going forward.
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