The striker, on loan from Everton, bagged his fourth and fifth goals in three games by netting in each half, adding to Oliver Turton's 23rd-minute opener to hand the Seasiders a commanding lead to take home for the second leg on Friday.
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1 Posted 19/05/2021 at 03:16:02
I just hope that the Club have him tied to us (providing he wants to remain of course) for a long time to come, as this lad could save us Millions and possibly cement his name in the Goodison/BMD Hall of Fame!
2 Posted 19/05/2021 at 09:43:45
The lad is 20 and then you look at Haaland, Mbappe and others who are doing at top levels already.
Halls of fame etc aren't you jumping the gun just a little?
3 Posted 19/05/2021 at 10:19:12
4 Posted 19/05/2021 at 12:38:16
5 Posted 19/05/2021 at 12:44:34
Look at Watkins, Vardy, Antonio and you have 3 current very good PL strikers who at 20 (too old according to many) were still developing in lower leagues. The lad were linked with from Brentford for 30+ is 25, at 22 was released by Newcastle.
So Simms has every chance. Hopefully he fires Blackpool to promotion and gets a full season there in the Championship.
He knows where the goal is. He has every chance to make it as a top player. Maybe we could get Gordon to join him on loan next season and start building a relationship together in an exciting attacking team.
6 Posted 19/05/2021 at 12:54:36
7 Posted 19/05/2021 at 13:18:01
I agree. Crotchet has worked well with him. The next division up is a lot tougher so it would a good test for him as hopefully his development continues
8 Posted 19/05/2021 at 13:28:35
Ten goals in 24 appearances now. It's been a good loan.
Ellis has always looked the biggest kid on the block in his age group. His close range finishing never in question, but his all round play and contribution outside the penalty area virtually non-existent.
So check out not only his physique - still a teenager, he still looks big up against seasoned pros - but his movement and technique for his goals.
Well done Ellis and well done the Blackpool training staff who recently shared in detail in the Echo how they are working to improve the lad.
9 Posted 19/05/2021 at 14:19:23
10 Posted 19/05/2021 at 14:32:57
I just hope that, if the same happens if he breaks into the first team, that he is given time by the manager and isnt written off as “Championship at best” by some of our fan base.
11 Posted 19/05/2021 at 14:57:58
12 Posted 19/05/2021 at 14:59:18
Kevin #10 - I think it's worth remembering that, as far as I'm aware, every time Simms has stepped up a level of league, he's been playing with guys older than him. Yes, would love to see him eventually be good enough for a run in our first team.
13 Posted 19/05/2021 at 15:06:36
14 Posted 19/05/2021 at 17:12:49
What we can tell is that he has the physicality and pace needed to compete at the level he is currently at, added to this the young man looks a natural finisher.
The second goal especially was as calm as you like, also he will only keep improving.
Time is on his side and if he keeps working hard, takes care of himself he will only improve and may someday hopefully turn out for the first team.
Every future Premiership player is out there now playing as a young lad, you just have to find them.
15 Posted 19/05/2021 at 22:13:15
The other positive way you can look at it is that Simms has improved every season. In his first year at U18, he was just raw power with little ball control; 2nd year, he was unplayable against weaker opponents, but was only given a few games at U23s at the end of the season. In the U23s, he improved in his first season and this season too.
I watched most of the Oxford v Blackpool game and you could again see the improvement in his play. He was dropping back into his own half to pick up the ball, laying it off, playing passes. His second goal was a great example of that and how he used his pace to outrun the defender and score.
So I don't see a player who struggles all the time, I see a player who works hard to improve his game every time he moves up a level.
He's never had the natural ability of Gordon, never will, and I've often said he's been a year behind Gordon in his development, but all we can ask of a player like Simms is that he keeps improving every season, which he has done. He's not ready yet to be one of our strikers... but who knows where he'll end up in a few years?
16 Posted 20/05/2021 at 05:24:21
It will be interesting to see if Simms comes into favour, but it's a long way back from being sent out on loan and Ancelotti knowing you exist.
17 Posted 20/05/2021 at 09:46:13
Anyone know what happened to that guy? 😉
18 Posted 20/05/2021 at 21:15:31
19 Posted 21/05/2021 at 10:37:20
Well done, Ellis, keep it up.
First team next season please, knocking in the goals in the Royal Blue or new black and burnt orange away kit!
20 Posted 21/05/2021 at 11:03:35
I wasn't trying to use that fact that he struggles initially when he steps up in class as a bad thing for Simms. Every time he does he soon finds a way to adapt, improve and excel.
I just hope he gets that time to adapt with the first team if he makes it that far and doesn't get tossed aside after a few games if he does struggle initially.
21 Posted 21/05/2021 at 12:29:17
22 Posted 21/05/2021 at 16:51:06
And Happy 28th Birthday to his Blackpool teammate and erstwhile Everton lottery ticket winner, Luke Garbutt.
23 Posted 21/05/2021 at 16:54:27
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