The Blackpool manager, Neil Critchley, has revealed that the Everton player required surgery and may be out of action for a long period heading into the new season as he recovers.
This could scupper any chance of Simms continuing his loan spell, which was something Critchley says he would have been interested in for the young striker, who scored 10 goals in his half-season loan spell with The Seasiders.
Simms had a stunning record for the Under-18s a few seasons ago, scoring an astounding 45 goals in all. He found things a little more challenging at U23 level but says he has benefitted tremendously from his loan spell last season, especially with some mid-term input from fromer Everton stars, Leighton Baines and Franny Jeffers.
“About 2 months into the loan, Leighton and Franny invited me to Finch Farm to go through some of my clips,” he told evertonfc.com.
“They showed me what I'd been doing well but also what I could work on. That was a massive help and gave me a lot of belief.
“I knew I had their confidence when I went back to Blackpool and managed to build on that and improve my performances from there.
“I was in touch with Marcel [Brands], Gretar [Steinsson, Head of Recruitment and Development], [Under-18 manager] Paul Tait and [Under-18 Assistant Manager] Keith Southern, too.
“They all supported me and gave me valuable bits of advice. I felt they were watching and that they cared about me.
“From the beginning of the loan to the end, I have improved so much as a player.”
As Simms enters the final year of his current Everton contract, there has been talk of the club offering him a new deal, which they need to do before January to ward off interest from other clubs.
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1 Posted 15/07/2021 at 10:21:26
2 Posted 15/07/2021 at 10:29:10
3 Posted 15/07/2021 at 13:03:33
I hope the lad has summered well and can get back to full fitness in time to sort out what he needs for this season. If he is not playing by the Autumn, it could scupper his whole Everton future. It is very difficult to negotiate a contract from either side when a player can't show that he will be fit again.
I wish him well as he seems to be a good player with his head in the right place.
4 Posted 15/07/2021 at 14:11:44
If he's good enough, he will get a contract, injury or no injury, as the club would be negligent if they didn't give him a contract just because he has a groin injury. The question is, is he good enough and can he save us a fortune in transfer fees?
5 Posted 15/07/2021 at 15:59:07
6 Posted 15/07/2021 at 18:17:59
7 Posted 15/07/2021 at 22:35:07
8 Posted 16/07/2021 at 01:16:50
9 Posted 16/07/2021 at 01:50:30
Training with these lads really get's him going in the morning...
10 Posted 16/07/2021 at 13:59:01
11 Posted 17/07/2021 at 09:35:53
I share your concern about promising youngsters getting injured, although in this case, it wasn't strictly "pre-season" as he did it in training before the League One playoff final — practising penalties of all things!
I can imagine he was doing exactly what I advocated them other three shoulda done instead of those pussy-arse attempts — put yer bloody boot through ball into the top corner — and he pulls his groin!
Do many injuries come from players trying too hard? Especially younger ones in development, busting a gut (literally!!!) to impress less athletic onlookers, such as our much-maligned Academy management entourage? It's a theory in need of some empirical evidence…
12 Posted 17/07/2021 at 09:53:50
Personally, and I appreciate every individual and their body is different, but groin strains and groin injuries were the easiest and quickest to recover from in my experience. That said, I obviously don't know the gravity of what the issue is, so I can't dismiss it as a simple strain.
And depending on his style of play, that area of the body might be important. A bit like the hamstring for rapid, quick acceleration players. For those types, once that goes, it becomes difficult to get back to peak. Think Michael Owen.
Ligament damage was always the most difficult to get back from for me. More so than the two broken legs I received at different times over the years.
With ligaments, you think you're getting back, you can run and you feel fit. But once you get on the pitch and in a game play scenario and start twisting and turning too soon, you realise there is still a way to go!
A quad tear was an interesting one too. That didn't seem serious, but it took a while to fully recover from.
Nowadays, the joints just keep reminding me what I put them through over the years.
The lad is young. He'll be fine.
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