He’s a poacher – Blackpool boss hails Everton loan star

Blackpool head coach Neil Critchley expressed his joy at Everton loan star Ellis Simms’ goal performance against Wimbledon and hailed him as a penalty bench player.

Simms only made the sixth start of his senior career in Blackpool’s 1-1 draw against Wimbledon on Saturday and marked the occasion by scoring his side’s only goal.

Despite scoring, the Everton loan star was pulled out with around 20 minutes left and Blackpool boss Critchley explained that starting five straight games had physically affected the youngster.

The Seasiders head coach insisted that Simms was still getting used to Ligue 1 football and stressed the need for him to come to terms quickly with the intense nature of senior football.

Critchley went on to express his joy that Simms scored his first home goal for Blackpool before pointing out that he is a poacher who thrives in the penalty area.

He’s a young player, he leads the line and he and Jerry [Yates] to put oneself with a physical presence“, Critchley was quoted as saying by the Blackpool Gazette.

I think it was his fifth start and physically it cost him a lot to play so many games in such a short time.

But he has to get used to it.

Nonetheless, it was a great moment for him and I am delighted that he scored this goal at Bloomfield Road.

That’s the kind of typical goal he scores.

He’s a poacher, he’s a penalty player.

Simms has scored three goals and provided two assists in eight Ligue 1 appearances for Blackpool since joining on loan from Everton in January.

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