By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

1st Aug, 2022 | 6:40pm

Sky Sports pundit predicts Everton sign striker after Ellis Simms agrees Sunderland loan

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Everton will be bringing in a new striker “for sure” after agreeing to let Ellis Simms join Sunderland on loan, according to Kevin Campbell.

A number of clubs were looking to land the young forward, including Hearts where he spent a successful period in the second half of last season and Blackpool where he featured the campaign before, but the player eventually chose the newly-promoted Black Cats.

After losing Richarlison this summer it might have been expected that the 21-year-old might be in line to step up to the first team on a regular basis, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell sees the move to the Stadium of Light as a positive step in the Englishman’s development and expects another goalscorer to come in during the window.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “Yeah I think that they’re going to bring somebody in for sure. 

“Obviously they’ve had a chance to have a look at Ellis Simms and maybe they feel that he isn’t ready yet. Maybe they feel he needs another year. 

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“In the Championship. Go out there, play, learn your trade. 

“He’s still only young. A very young man. How old is he? 21, 20? He’s still a young man, so go out and learn your trade, and come back a better player. 

“Because Everton, at this moment in time [with] what happened last season, they can’t afford the same to happen this season. They can’t.

“So to put all that pressure on somebody so young. I don’t think they’re going to take that. Hence why he’s going on loan.

“And I think it’s a good loan move for him because Sunderland, big club, back in the Championship, there’s going to be a lot of pressure up there. 

“It’ll be good to see him do well.”

Chelsea’s young Albanian Armando Broja has been at the top of Frank Lampard’s list for most of the summer, and the idea of him partnering Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front is something Campbell very much likes the idea of.

He had appeared set for West Ham before they eventually signed Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo, and he will still be a tricky, and expensive, acquisition, but after the Hammers deal fell through he is again looking for a new option.

Having lost the main goal threat from last season there simply must be something in the pipeline ahead of the new campaign or Frank Lampard is going to be left short.