By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

13th Jun, 2022 | 7:40pm

Sky pundit wants Frank Lampard to give Ellis Simms chance to take Richarlison's Everton spot

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Ellis Simms should be given the chance to step up and take the Everton role that Richarlison looks set to vacate says Kevin Campbell.

The Toffees’ Brazilian star looks to be heading for the Goodison exit, with Tottenham reportedly in negotiations over a move for the 25-year-old, as first reported by UOL Esporte’s Bruno Andrade on Twitter.

He had played a crucial role in keeping the club in the Premier League with his goals down the stretch in the 2021/22 season, and if he leaves there will be a big hole to fill, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell believes that 21-year-old Simms’ showing on loan in the Scottish Premiership last season might mean there is an in-house candidate ready to take his chance.

“I think Everton, in Ellis Simms, have got a young striker who’s doing pretty well,” he said, speaking exclusively to Goodison News.

“He’s done pretty well at Hearts, but obviously Frank Lampard hasn’t worked with him. 

“If Richarlison’s going to go they’re going to need another one. Whether he’s young or experienced they’re going to need another striker. 

“Because Richarlison was really someone who put the team on his back a lot of last season in the difficult times, especially near the end.  

“I think they’re going to need another one, somebody to compliment [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin.

“So I think that would be a good move [to give Simms his chance] and see if he’s up to speed or not.”

Simms made his first team debut for the club under Rafa Benitez in December but was subsequently sent to the SPFL before the new manager came in.

In 21 appearances for the Jambos he scored seven times, including once each in both the quarter-final and the semi-final of the cup as his team reached the final, and twice following the top six split in the league.

Whatever fee the club can bring in for Richarliso is likely to be considerable, but with the finances the way they are it may not all be made available to find a replacement, and it will be very expensive to bring in anything close to like-for-like, so if youngster Simms can shoulder some of the burden it would be a very useful development for the club.

In other Everton news, a consortium led by Peter Kenyon has entered talks to buy the club, Farhad Moshiri wants over £500million.

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