Everton failed to make the second centre-forward signing that they wanted in the final hours of Deadline Day as an offer for Ben Brereton Diaz came in too little too late, and Frank Lampard will now have to work with the squad that he has in order to inspire better results in the Premier League this season.
The Toffees signed Neal Maupay over the summer following the exit of Richarlison and the injury sustained by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, which left them without a trusted out-and-out striker before the ex-Brighton and Hove Albion forward made his move to Merseyside.
As a result of the lack of goals in the squad, Everton have had a slow start to their Premier League campaign. They are currently 16th in the table with just six goals scored, and despite being unbeaten in their last four games, they have only taken four points from their first six outings.
It is clear that the Toffees are lacking the edge needed to turn their equalisers into winners and there is one player on the club’s books that could be the solution to their problems, saving the club millions in the process.
Ellis Simms is currently on loan with Championship outfit Sunderland and has been a standout performer there already, with the young forward being labelled an “absolute nuisance” by journalist Phil Smith for his impact on the Black Cats.
Across seven league appearances, Simms has scored three goals and created two big chances, making one key pass and taking 2.6 shots per game. He scored a brace on his debut and is already the fourth-highest rated player in the squad at the Stadium of Light with a 7.16 rating according to SofaScore.
The 21-year-old’s quick start in the Championship should come as no surprise to the powerbrokers at Goodison Park, with the young sensation scoring 58 goals during his time in the Everton under-18 and under-21 teams, with a goal contribution every 97.5 minutes whilst progressing through the youth ranks.
Lampard could have the next Calvert-Lewin on his hands in Simms, and if the youngster continues to flourish at Sunderland during his loan spell, it could open up the opportunity for him to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Gordon and earn a regular place in the Everton first team.