First Team

Ellis making most of maroon moment

9th February 2022

Some combinations just work: ham and cheese, bread and butter, and Ellis Simms and Heart of Midlothian.

The English striker, on loan from Premier League side Everton, has settled into life down Gorgie way with remarkable speed: quickly endearing himself to the Hearts support with his displays up front in his short spell so far in maroon.
 
Eliis admits that even if his knowledge of Scottish football was relatively sparse to start with, his experience of capital life has suited him to a T.
 
“I’ve settled in well. I’ve only been here about two weeks, but in that short space of time I’ve played quite a bit. The lads are great and I’m really enjoying my time here so far,” he told the media ahead of the Dundee match.
 
“I knew a little bit about Scottish football. It’s obviously come on a lot recently and I knew how competitive the league was. I’d heard about the size of Hearts and I quickly knew this was somewhere I wanted to come to continue my development.
 
“The fans have been amazing. Compared to when everything was behind closed doors – when you hear them, you just want to make them proud and it helps remind you that what you do out there is for them.”
 
With the fixtures coming thick and fast for Robbie Neilson’s men, continuing against Dundee tonight, Ellis has praised the tactical work done during the week at Riccarton that helps them manage the schedule – and help grow a striker partnership with fellow marksman Liam Boyce.
 
“At the moment when we’re playing Saturday and midweek, it’s mainly about recovery. When we do train, it’s tactical work so it’s a balance of managing training and recovery work at the same time,” he added.
 
“Coming here is a big thing for my personal development; I want to help the team, score goals and work hard. The manager’s really given me the license to try and do all these things to help the boys in any way possible.
 
“I’m primarily playing down the middle – as you saw against Motherwell, he set me and Liam up in a way that we can form a relationship whether we’re assisting each other on the pitch or rotating between us”