By Sam Stone

18th May, 2022 | 7:30am

Ellis Simms' future is 'totally down to Everton' after successful Hearts loan spell

Hearts’ on-loan Everton striker Ellis Simms has admitted that his future is totally down to the Toffees after a successful loan spell at Hearts.

The 21-year-old has seven goals and one assist for the Scottish Premiership side with the striker looking forward to a Scottish Cup final against Rangers on Saturday [21 May].

The striker is due to return to Everton at the end of the season as has spoken out about his future.

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Simms said: “It’s totally down to Everton, they own me at the moment.

“There’s a loan scout who comes to games sometimes and keeps in touch.

“They are happy with my progress, it’s nice to hear.”

Simms added: “I’m an Everton player but my focus is on the final and then summer comes round and I’ll have a couple of weeks to recover and see what the future holds.”

Deserves a shot

Simms deserves a chance to be assessed by Frank Lampard at the very least.

The youngster has had a stellar youth career and two impressive loan spells.

Simms scored ten goals for Blackpool in the 2020/21 season and was an imperative part of the side that won the League One playoffs.

The striker has the pace, power and physicality to be a real handful at Championship level at the very least.

At 21, he also has plenty of time to develop.

Everton need to adopt a new recruitment policy after years of signing underperforming high-earners.

Lampard should be looking to replicate the success he had at Derby by developing a group of younger players.

At the very least Simms should be given preseason with the first team to see if he is capable of making an impact in the Premier League.

In Lampard, the Toffees have a manager who has pedigree in giving youth a chance.

In other Everton news, a football finance expert has made a claim on the new Toffees stadium amid a major £300m development in the recent weeks.

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