Broadhead receives senior Wales call-up

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Everton's Under-23 winger Nathan Broadhead has been recognised for his impressive form for the Premier League 2 champions with selection for Wales's summer training camp.

The 21-year-old, recently named the U23s' Player of the Season, is one of seven new faces that Ryan Giggs has called up to join the senior Wales squad in Portugal ahead of the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary at the end of the month.

"It's a great way to end a great season for me," Broadhead said on "It came as a bit of a shock to be fair but I just can't wait to get going.

"I'm flying out [on Wednesday] and flying with one of the best players in the world in Gareth Bale and I just can't wait to experience all of it.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what the standard is like at that level. Most of the players play Championship or Premier League so I can work hard and learn from that."

Broadhead, who has one first-team appearance at Everton to his name, has represented Wales at youth level but is waiting for his first senior cap.  

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Les Moorcroft
1 Posted 22/05/2019 at 17:22:57
Good luck lad.
Bobby Mallon
2 Posted 22/05/2019 at 17:23:05
I like this lad and well done to gigsy
Tony Everan
3 Posted 22/05/2019 at 17:26:35
Congratulations to Nathan Broadhead, I hope he gets some game time.

Mixing it with iconic players such as Giggs and Bale will be inspiring for him, he will bring good advice and experience back.

Derek Knox
4 Posted 22/05/2019 at 17:28:22
One of the 'quieter' ones in the youngsters we have, but still nevertheless effective and get's on with the job in hand, hope he makes it to the senior squad.
Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 22/05/2019 at 17:34:17
Always gives of his best,nothing fancy about his style,a team player, reminds me of Kevin Richardson who played in Howard Kendall’s title winning team and also won a league medal with Arsenal. Nathan is a no nonsense type of player who adds a few goals to his game, I think he came on and scored against the South African team last autumn. Good luck lad for the future.
Alan J Thompson
6 Posted 22/05/2019 at 17:40:04
Well done to the lad and may he go on to full level but didn't we have a young central defender, Gethin Jones(?), who did something similar.
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 22/05/2019 at 22:32:22
Well done lad. One of my favourites. Along with about a dozen others in the U23s!
Terry Underwood
8 Posted 22/05/2019 at 22:49:44
Well done to this lad, it can only improve his game.
Dermot O'Brien
9 Posted 22/05/2019 at 23:38:48
RG - Hi Nathan, it's Giggsy, I've heard good things about you and want you to join our training camp so we can get a look at you.
NB - Jeez Ryan that would be fantastic, I'd love to join you.
RG - Bring your missus too, I'd like to get a look at her as well hello?. hello? Nathan?
Simon Smith
10 Posted 23/05/2019 at 00:04:51
Is this lad anywhere near Premier League level ?

I've simply never seen enough of him to comment.

Martin Nicholls
11 Posted 23/05/2019 at 07:39:00
Based on what the rs are allegedly expecting for a young lad of theirs (Harry Wilson) who made the Wales squad in similar circumstances (ie, no Premier League experience) he'll be worth £25 million before too long!
Steve Ferns
12 Posted 23/05/2019 at 09:46:55
Broadhead is great at U23 level. The only problem is that he's the same age as Richarlison. That puts things into perspective. He can still make it, but he's not good enough for the first team right now, and so I'd try and get a loan to a Championship club to see if he can develop there.
Sam Hoare
13 Posted 23/05/2019 at 09:52:22
Like most of the U23 lads, he probably needs a good championship loan to prove he is ready for the Premier League.

The likes of Antonee Robinson, Joe Williams, Holgate and maybe even Pennington all did pretty well there last season and Silva and Brands will now have a good idea of their abilities in games that matter and how they might fit into the first team squad.

Phill Thompson
14 Posted 23/05/2019 at 13:44:59
Broadhead has done well for Wales Youth, I remember him scoring four cracking goals for their U19s a couple of years ago. I don't think he's had a similar impact at U21 though, so great to see him getting a call-up.

He's been great for our U23s but I agree with others that he's not first-team ready and a loan in the Championship would allow him to show if he can step up.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 23/05/2019 at 14:54:44
Martin (11),

Harry Wilson is a very good player, I think he is the youngest player to represent Wales (full international). He's played for Liverpool's first team and scored, he's been responsible for Derby County's penalties, takes plenty of their free kicks and scores some good ones, including a cracker that helped to knock Man Utd out of the League Cup.

There's more than one Premier League club after him, I would be surprised if Liverpool sell but I hope that they do. I think they would be making a mistake they'd regret.

Kieran Kinsella
16 Posted 23/05/2019 at 15:58:52
Call me cynical but I think with the dearth of homegrown players, some international managers are throwing around caps just to tie down kids in the off chance they eventually become good enough.

Case in point: Northern Ireland. They saw Duffy, Gibson etc switch allegiance to the Republic once they were established players. All of a sudden they threw some caps at Shane Lavery an occasional sub of the Everton under 23s. Even with their slim pool of players, I can't imagine that Michael O'Neill legitimately thought Lavery was international material when he picked him.

Phill Thompson
17 Posted 24/05/2019 at 09:42:33
Kieran, I wouldn't call it cynical, more realistic! Yep, four or five of the Wales newcomers are dual qualified, and while it ties them down it also gives them a path to full international cap.

A good case is Ethan Ampadu who played alongside Broadhead at the age of 16, got snapped up by Chelsea and has won a few full caps now.

I expect Ryan Astley, who is also dual qualified but apparently committed to Wales, to get a full Wales cap in the next few years.

Shane Corcoran
18 Posted 24/05/2019 at 09:46:27
Hard to blame O'Neill given what's happened up there but then there's a very good reason these players aren't playing for NI.

Matthew Williams
19 Posted 24/05/2019 at 14:08:06
Well deserved, lad. I hope yer do well with the rest of the Boyos.

At least you'll get a game at some point, as for the England squad with other young players outside the top six... doubtful.

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