We’ve had a few chances to have a look at young Ellis, meaning this season there’s much more to base an article on than the words ‘he’s going to be hell of a player’ which we’ve heard from Danny and a few of the other lads.
Harry Toffolo spoke him up in an interview with me earlier in the season, and he should know a good player having played for England as a youth. Thanks to six starts across three competitions, we get to at least see the talent we’re harbouring.
Only that isn’t strictly true, because his two Imps’ starts have both been marred by something. Against Bury he was a tactical victim, making way not after a bad performance, but purely for a reshuffle at half time. Against Cambridge… well, we won’t go back there. You know what happened.
In the league cup he did very well at Port Vale and perhaps not quite as well at Blackburn, but he held his own at Ewood Park against a strong side there. He’s been calm and assured in the EFL trophy matches too, happy to do the dirty work and mix it with bigger, uglier players.
There’s still lots to come from Ellis and it would be remiss to take too much from the mark here. it’s given purely because he’s lacked the game time of others, just as Kellan Gordon has.
His 89 minutes away at Scunthorpe were worth noting, but his best moment has to be his full home debut against Bury. I know he came off at half time, but he showed a maturity and ability that can only get better with time. Whenever I’m asked about our ‘one for the future’, it’s always Ellis I talk up.
With no league appearances, I’ve chosen not to rate on-loan defender Adam Crookes. It would be unfair as although he was at fault for a goal at Blackburn and maybe one against Mansfield, neither were games in which to place much value. One was against a top side two divisions higher, the other a game we showed little desire to excel in.