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Simms: Learning Every Day

On Loan Forward Developing With The Seasiders

25 February 2021

Ellis Simms says he's learning every day with Blackpool, as he continues to adapt to the physicality of league football.

The 20-year-old linked up with the Seasiders on loan from Everton in January and has featured six times to date. 

The transition from under-23 football to senior football is continious for the youngster, who is benefitting from working under Neil Critchley. 

“I’ve noticed quite a big difference between the two, particularly the physicality of the senior side of the game,” Simms admitted.

“Obviously, you’re coming up against experienced athletes at times who have been involved in the game for a number of years, so you have to learn and adapt your game quickly.

“Working under a Head Coach in Neil Critchley, who is renowned for helping players grow and develop at Liverpool previously, is fantastic and I’m enjoying working under him and the rest of the coaching staff. He understands how to help players develop their careers to become strong professionals, so I’m listening to all of his advice.

“I feel I’ve made the transition to the first team game quite well so far, but there’s still so much more I need to learn. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow my game and help Blackpool go as far as they can.”

His initial start to life with the club couldn't have gone much better however, with two goals coming on his league debut at Wigan Athletic. 

“I was so pleased to make the start I did in scoring the two goals at Wigan on my debut, especially as I was only on the pitch for about half an hour or so.

“It was a fantastic way to mark my first appearance for Blackpool, but also my senior league debut as a footballer, so I’m hopeful I can use that as inspiration going forward whilst I’m here, but also for the rest of my career," he added.


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