This season is going to be all about progression for Everton and Rafa Benitez.
The Toffees ended a dismal 2020/21 campaign in tenth place and then saw Carlo Ancelotti walk through the Goodison Park exit door.
Therefore, you sense that Everton now need to find a bit of stability after a pretty quiet transfer window.
The Merseyside outfit spent just £1.7m in the market and have barely strengthened their starting XI.
However, Demarai Gray looks an instant hit after scoring two goals already since moving from Germany.
Another area Everton struggled in was selling players. They accepted a loan move for Moise Kean but fringe players like Cenk Tosun, Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny are all still at Goodison Park.
Tosun spent a period of last season on loan at Besiktas but ruptured his patella in what was another dismal campaign for the Turkish forward.
It would be a surprise if he gets much football this season either, especially with Dominic Calvert-Lewin such a big threat and in the goals immediately during 2021/22.
On the topic of Everton’s star striker, it’s a player who’s been compared to the England international that should be unleashed instead of Tosun.
That happens to be 20-year-old Ellis Simms, a man who helped Blackpool to promotion from League One last season.
In what was his first consistent taste of senior football, the striker found the net on ten occasions in 24 outings.
It was excellent form as he consequently earned praise from former Toffees goalkeeper Nigel Martyn. He commented: “Ellis Simms, centre forward. Natural goalscorer, still learning his craft, but he doesn’t snatch at chances. As happy scoring in the 90th minute, when you could snatch at it, for one so young – he’s a pretty cool finisher.
Martyn added: “He has all the attributes, he’s 6 foot 1, he’s got the attributes of a Calvert-Lewin, for instance.”
Simms has scored goals right throughout his youth career, rattling the back of the net on a regular basis.
Though, with Tosun’s career fading in Merseyside, Simms is surely more deserving of some match action.