Everton fans have taken to Twitter to react after the Toffees officially announced that Ellis Simms had joined Blackpool on loan.
The prodigious wonderkid will spend the remainder of the campaign on loan at Bloomfield Road, in what is his first taste of senior football.
The 20-year-old arrives at the Seasiders with plenty of goals under his belt at youth level – in fact, that’s an understatement.
Impressively, Simms bagged 41 goals in 44 games for Everton’s Under-18 side, before going on to keep his form up when progressing in the academy.
In 36 games for Everton’s Under-23 side, the attacking prodigy netted 17 goals.
His form at youth level was so impressive that German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were reportedly keeping tabs on him.
In that respect, Blackpool could have some fun with Simms over the course of the next six months.
As Everton’s official announcement states, the youngster has even been included in Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team squad twice this season.
He was also involved twice last term as well.
Simms has, quite simply, smashed academy football, and a stint in senior football is just what he needs – albeit overdue slightly, in our view.
Let’s see what the Everton fans on Twitter have been saying about his departure…
Great news— Elliot 🦑 (@ElliotB1878) January 20, 2021
Great for Simms. Surely someone must be coming in.— Robo Coppell (@CoppellRob) January 20, 2021
Finally! Need to get these young lads playing proper footy ASAP. https://t.co/8yGVEiQRvq— Matthew Ringham (@Ringo8781) January 20, 2021
I like this move a lot. Good for him to get minutes under someone like Neil Critchley https://t.co/2uATZ2PWo2— Owen (@owenparkes123) January 20, 2021
Feels a bit overdue, but glad to see this happening https://t.co/IJjHhNrh8i— Andy H (@Andy_H_EFC) January 20, 2021
Boss news this! About time aswell!hope he smashes it Good Luck Ellis https://t.co/uYQyClzZBl— Matt Vicary (@Vicaz22) January 20, 2021