Victor Anichebe reacts as Ellis Simms leaves Everton to join Sunderland on loan
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images,

Victor Anichebe reacts as Ellis Simms leaves Everton to join Sunderland on loan

Former Sunderland and Everton forward Victor Anichebe has commented on Instagram after Ellis Simms’ loan move between two of his former clubs.

The 21-year-old English striker has signed a season-long loan deal from the Toffees to join newly promoted Championship club Sunderland.

When posting the news on his Instagram, Anichebe was among a number of players and fans to congratulate Simms, saying:

Instagram comments on Ellis Simms’ loan move to Sunderland

“Congrats bro! Going from one great club to another! They will love you there…let’s go”

The likes of Yannick Bolasie and Lewis Dobbin also left messages for the Everton youngster.

The 34-year-old Anichebe, who retired in 2018, is particularly well regarded by fans from the blue half of Merseyside.

After coming through Everton’s academy, Anichebe went on to make 167 appearances under David Moyes at Goodison Park, scoring 26 goals.

Ellis Simms joins Sunderland on loan from Everton

Simms’ move to the Stadium of Light is the third loan move of his career, after previous spells at Blackpool and Hearts.

The forward joined the Scottish side in January 2022, when more than 30 clubs were reportedly interested in securing his services.

Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images,

Simms has made a single senior appearance for Everton since joining from Manchester City’s academy in 2017, when he started against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last season.

He will be hoping to improve on Anichebe’s record at Sunderland, when the Nigerian international managed just three league goals during his season on Wearside.

Simms is not the only player from a Premier League side to join Alex Neil’s men in this window, with Spurs’ forgotten man Jack Clarke making a permanent move this month.

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