Striker Ellis Simms made an impressive transition to Under-23s football in 2019/20 following his prolific campaign for the Blues' Under-18 side the previous season.
The powerful frontman hit eight goals in 15 Premier League 2 appearances for David Unsworth's team, with his development as a potent all-round centre-forward consistently catching the eye.
As well as his undoubted finishing ability, Simms' work-rate and link-up play earned praise from boss Unsworth and the attacker regularly featured in Everton First-Team training towards the end of the season.
He was named in a senior Everton matchday squad for the first time for the Toffees' Premier League game at Sheffield United in July 2020.
Simms, who had time in the academies at Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers before joining Everton, signed for the Blues aged 16 and and penned his first professional deal in summer 2019 following a staggering personal campaign for Everton Under-18s.
The Oldham-born player struck an incredible 32 goals in 21 league matches and was on target 46 times in all competitions in 2018/19. He top scored for Everton Under-23s in the first half of 2020/21 – netting eight goals in 12 games – before a successful loan with Blackpool for the second half of the campaign.
Simms played 24 matches – starting 19 times – and scored 10 goals for the League One club. He hit a double in a play-off semi-final win at Oxford United but a groin injury prevented Simms from featuring in Blackpool's victory over Lincoln City in the Wembley decider.
Upon returning to Everton for pre-season in 2021/22, Simms earned praise for his desire, attitude and goalscoring instinct from manager Rafa Benitez.
He has continued to regularly feature in Everton First-Team training and has been named in senior matchday squads by boss Benitez.
Simms progress was recognised with a new three-year Everton contract, which he signed in November 2021.
Contracted until: June 2024