Striker Ellis Simms made an impressive transition to Under-23s football in 2019/20 following his prolific campaign for the Blues' Under-18s 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 in 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.