In The Pipeline: Ellis Simms part of the solution to Everton’s striker search

According to a report back in March, Everton and Director of Football Marcel Brands had two strikers, full-backs, a centre-back, a midfielder and a keeper on their summer transfer wishlist – one of those has already been ticked off with the arrival of Huddersfield stopper Jonas Lossl.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of that report is the fact that the Toffees want two strikers. Marco Silva already has Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun at his disposal, whilst Oumar Niasse is set to return from a loan spell at Cardiff.

The likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Danny Welbeck have already been strongly linked with a move to Goodison Park, but there’s no need to recruit two new front men after a decision Everton made earlier this month; the one to sign young Ellis Simms up to a first professional contract.

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At just 18 years of age, Simms shone for Paul Tait’s Under-18 side in 2018/19 and netted a whopping 32 goals in just 21 games in the U18 Premier League, whilst also making his debut for David Unsworth’s title winning Under-23 side.

Despite his youthful age, Simms has shown remarkable ability to score goals. The wonderkid is already on the radar of Europe’s top clubs such as Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco, and Silva certainly needs to start taking the teenager’s incredible talent seriously.

It has been reported that the Toffees are prepared to offer Welbeck a contract in excess of £100,000-a-week in order to lure him to Merseyside, whilst Mitrovic will assumingly cost upwards of the £22m Fulham spent on him just a year ago.

Perhaps Everton do need a bit of extra firepower to truly challenge the Premier League’s top sides, but Brands would be saving the club a wad of cash if he lined up Simms to fill one of the two striker slots on his alleged wish list.