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Critchley: Simms Showing Signs of Progress

Head Coach On Development of On Loan Forward

1 March 2021

Neil Critchley says Ellis Simms’ performance at Charlton Athletic on Saturday showed real signs of progress.

The on-loan Everton striker put in a Man of the Match display at the Valley, winning a penalty and laying the ball off for Matty Virtue to score the Seasiders’ second goal of the afternoon.

“I think that is a good example of Ellis playing to his strengths,” Critchley said. “When he does what he’s good at, and he does it continuously, then it shows what a handful he can be. He’s got pace, a physical presence and the attribute of running in behind.

“This is his first loan move playing men’s football and it’s a big step up from under-23s to senior football. He’s adapting, and on Saturday he showed real signs of progression and coping at the level. Hopefully he can step on that now, stay in the team and do what he’s good at,” he added.

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