Everton noticed 2022 out with a bang after they shared factors with Manchester Metropolis on the Etihad on New Years’ Eve and Frank Lampard will likely be hoping that the well-fought draw will likely be a confidence booster for his crew heading into 2023.
Regardless of the essential level collected, the Toffees are nonetheless not in a cushty place within the Premier League and stay simply two factors away from the underside three in sixteenth with the third-worst aim tally in the complete high flight.
Because of this, it could be a no brainer for the Everton boss to hunt out alternatives to strengthen his squad – particularly within the attacking menace – while the switch window is open this month.
Nevertheless, Lampard already could have his striker answer because it was confirmed yesterday that Sunderland loanee and Everton academy graduate Ellis Simms has been recalled to Goodison Park just some months into his season-long mortgage on the Stadium of Gentle.
It comes as no shock that Everton have referred to as again their younger aim machine forward of the second half of the season as Simms has develop into a stand-out performer within the Championship who within the phrases of journalist Josh Bunting, might now take the “Premier League by storm”.
Over 17 appearances, the 21-year-old ace has scored seven targets, registered two assists and created 5 massive possibilities, in addition to averaging 1.9 photographs on aim and profitable 3.9 duels per recreation.
Not solely that, of Championship gamers who’re aged 21 or beneath solely Joao Pedro (8) has scored extra targets than Simms this season, in response to WhoScored.
The Everton teen is not any stranger to scoring as he has already tallied up 82 over this profession up to now and registered 9 assists in 149 appearances with a aim contribution each 114 minutes up to now – proving that he may very well be precisely what Lampard wants.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has suffered a number of damage points over the past 18 months and Richarlison’s exit in the summertime has weakened Everton in entrance of aim so the return of Simms is an opportunity to not be squandered for Lampard.
The younger ahead has by no means been seen beneath the previous Chelsea boss but however now has a golden alternative to stake his declare. He should take it as Everton look to place themselves again on monitor.