Michael Walker of the Athletic has reported that Ellis Simms has been recalled early from his loan spell at Sunderland by Everton, and he will not form part of the matchday squad which will take on Blackpool on New Year’s Day.
It had been reported earlier in the evening that Frank Lampard had confirmed the situation was under consideration, and things seem to have developed rather quickly as Walker - a reputable source of Everton news - confirmed on Twitter that the forward had left Sunderland midway through his loan spell.
Desperate times for Everton, who are in a real mess on and off the field and are clearly desperate. For as much as we love Ellis Simms and have enjoyed his time at the club, could anyone say with any real conviction that he’s ready for the Premier League?
It’s disappointing because it weakens our squad, and it leaves us needing to find a replacement early in the transfer window, but he goes with our best wishes - and whilst I’m not convinced in the slightest that he’s ready for the top flight, I hope he proves me wrong and takes his opportunity.
There’s never a dull day at Sunderland.