Simms may be out for a while after groin surgery

Thursday, 15 July, 2021 12comments  |  Jump to last
Ellis Simms missed the crucial playoff final that came at the end of his very successful loan spell with Blackpool last season after he picked up a groin injury.

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

“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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Ajay Gopal
1 Posted 15/07/2021 at 10:21:26
Good to know that the club were keeping close tabs on the lad. Hopefully, a new contract will be agreed, and he can kick on from last season. Our loanees had bad luck with injuries - thinking of Simms, Branthwaite and Tosun.
Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 15/07/2021 at 10:29:10
This is an unfortunate development and I can't find much by way of confirmation or prognosis, beyond what Critchley is reported to have said. Maybe Ellis has posted something on his Twitter account?
Martin Reppion
3 Posted 15/07/2021 at 13:03:33
Groin injuries are notoriously hard to judge.

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.

Bobby Mallon
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?

Joe McMahon
5 Posted 15/07/2021 at 15:59:07
Awful timing. Everton and goals, the wait continues.
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 15/07/2021 at 18:17:59
And so it begins. So many “promising” young players seem to get injured pre-season... maybe they need to change their diet.
John Raftery
7 Posted 15/07/2021 at 22:35:07
He wasn’t injured pre-season, Colin. It was at the tail end of last season.

Bill Gienapp
8 Posted 16/07/2021 at 01:16:50
We really need a new go-to photo of Simms on here, LOL.
Phil Smith
9 Posted 16/07/2021 at 01:50:30
On the subject of groins, has anyone watched the latest first-team training video? Check out Big Dunc around 3 minutes!

Training with these lads really get's him going in the morning...

Richard Lyons
10 Posted 16/07/2021 at 13:59:01
Bill #8 - was going to comment in a similar vein... He looks like a surly sixth former being given a telling-off by the deputy head!
Michael Kenrick
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…

Danny O’Neill
12 Posted 17/07/2021 at 09:53:50
Hopefully nothing too serious.

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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