Nathan Broadhead heads to Wearside on loan

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Everton have confirmed that Nathan Broadhead has joined Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season.

The Welsh youth international has spent one spell out on loan previously, with Burton Albion in 2019-20, where he scored 3 times in 22 appearances. He is expected to have a lot more opportunities to prove himself with the League One side.

He was expected to go out on loan last season but an injury put paid to that and he stayed with the Under-23s. When he did regain fitness, his form was good, with 11 goals in 18 starts, eventually leading to him training with the first-team.

But, despite gaining a seat on Everton's substitutes bench at the weekend, after a few such occasions last season under Carlo Ancelotti, the prospects of game time at a sufficient level were likely to be few and far between for the promising striker.

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Indeed, one of those occasions last season heralded the first time he had played for the senior side since making his debut against Apollon Limassol in Cyprus 4 years earlier. He would go on to be a part of this summer's Florida Cup adventure after signing a new 2-year contract that should keep him on Everton's books until June 2023.

Sunderland head coach Johnson said: "Whenever we bring a player in, we do so because we believe they will make us stronger and that's absolutely the case with Nathan.

"It's a coup because he's had top-level offers in Europe, and Championship offers as well, at what is a key stage of his career.

"He has the experience, technique and speed, and he just needs the vehicle to put that together.

"We believe that Sunderland is the perfect opportunity, as he will have the team, supply and service, and a Premier League environment around him, so it is a really good match."


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Robert Tressell
1 Posted 16/08/2021 at 09:33:35
Looks like Broadhead is off to Sunderland. Good place to get his league career going. Hopefully he does well.
Andrew Brookfield
2 Posted 16/08/2021 at 11:24:32
Good opportunity for him, he looks a talent, I doubt he'll make it at Everton, but a couple of good seasons on loan at a lower level and we could get decent money for him. A player that can score 10-15 goals in the Championship can still go for north of £10M.
Bill Gienapp
4 Posted 16/08/2021 at 11:45:38
If he's being farmed out to a League One side at age 23, I'm not sure how much of a future he realistically has with the club, but good luck to him.
Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 16/08/2021 at 11:48:42
Well... it seemed to have been confirmed by the club, but maybe it hit a last-minute hitch as the official website appears to have now withdrawn the story. At least I can't find it.

Must be retributive punishment for being overly critical. Must try harder.

Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
6 Posted 16/08/2021 at 12:26:11
Maybe some of the other stories are more accurate – that an agreement has been reached and he is having a medical today. The move may not be confirmed until tomorrow.

Funny that NewsNow locks it in to its timeline, even if the source story is subsequently pulled.

Bill Watson
7 Posted 16/08/2021 at 12:48:58
I, too, saw it on the Everton site and just checked again after seeing Michael's post. It has, indeed, been removed.

Very odd.

Tony Everan
8 Posted 16/08/2021 at 13:03:21
He's 23 and we need back up for Calvert-Lewin so he will be disappointed he's been overlooked. We must be signing a forward over the next two weeks.

On a positive note for him, it is a great opportunity to make a big impression, score 15-20 goals and help Sunderland to promotion. It will generate a lot of interest in his services, maybe even allow him to stake a claim here.

Ben King
9 Posted 16/08/2021 at 13:08:24
2-year contract of which 1 year is away from us.

23. Looked lovely in pre-season. Seems odds are against him making it for us.

Nicholas Howard
10 Posted 16/08/2021 at 13:09:11
Upfront, we are so 'thin'

Calvert-Lewin & Richarlison (I don't include Kean as I don't see he has a future at our club).

Any injury, we will be in trouble... again, last season saga continues. The rest are wingers or attacking midfielders at best. Our club seems to fall in love with 'handicapped forwards syndrome'... LOL

Richard Mason
11 Posted 16/08/2021 at 13:42:54
Talks of American striker being signed from Schalke for £2million.

Hoppe, 20 years of age, 6 goals 1 assist in 15 games last season.

Phill Thompson
12 Posted 16/08/2021 at 13:59:54
I'm a bit disappointed he couldn't get a Championship loan, particularly seeing ex-forwards Josh Bowler and Sean Lavery at Blackpool.

I'm wondering if this was a sweetener in the deal that is supposedly bringing Sunderland youngster Francis Okoronkwo in to our Academy?

Trevor Edwards
13 Posted 16/08/2021 at 14:12:16
Good move for Nathan but hopefully means that we might bring in another striker? Because we surely cannot go into another season with just Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison as our only experienced strikers. Unless Kean actually has a future with us, which looks unlikely.

Tosun (who?) and Simms injured, Cannon and Dobbin no experience whatsoever. Linked with Hoppe, know nothing about him other than he doesn't seem prolific and is also very young.

Michael Kenrick
14 Posted 16/08/2021 at 14:16:04
Confirmed again as the OS story reappears.

I agree, Phill. He's done his spell in League One, but his injury last season may have set him back. But someone in the Championship would have to want him. Or perhaps we have a limited list of clubs we 'trust' our young 'uns to?

Kevin Dyer
15 Posted 16/08/2021 at 14:51:25
Pleased to see this. He is 23 and hasn't played above League One, so realistically he is very unlikely to develop into a player for us. I did like the look of him in the Florida Cup matches, which makes me think he could be a Championship-level player.

I was at the Stadium of Light for Sunderland's opening game of the season, 31,000 fans for Wigan. They are a big club with enthusiastic support and a big Premier League standard stadium and Broadhead should embrace this opportunity. With the removal of the salary restrictions in League One this season and new ownership, they surely must get promoted.

Their team is good for that level, with a promising young forward, composed and combative midfield and a dangerous right winger in Gooch. McGeady adds a bit of class but is now 35 and they need another option for the left and also up top and Broadhead should be a first 11 player for them, given his ability and versatility.

If he impresses, enjoys himself and they get promoted, then I can see him moving there permanently for a small fee next summer. He deserves to be playing regular football now at the level he is at. He can grow with them over the next couple of years. Good luck to him.

Derek Knox
16 Posted 16/08/2021 at 15:17:22
I like Broadhead, and hoped he would have been used as a first-team sub, but obviously they think he is not ready yet.

Hope it sets him up for either a successful return, or a lucrative move. Best of luck, Nathan.

Martin Nicholls
17 Posted 16/08/2021 at 15:25:52
Sunderland was always a favourite away trip for me - great fans, ground and pubs! Hope this move works out for Nathan and that he helps them on a swift journey back up the leagues.
Sam Hoare
18 Posted 16/08/2021 at 22:33:52
The rumour is that there was potential Championship interest but after some bad luck with injury and unsuccessful loans the feeling may have been that at 23 he needs a real guarantee of playing time. He should get that at Sunderland.

If he can play 30+ games and manage 10+ goals then there’s a chance he could yet prove a squad option at Everton next year or (more likely) be sold for a few million to a Championship team in the summer (maybe Sunderland if they get promoted).

David Hayes
20 Posted 18/08/2021 at 09:02:56
Please can anyone enlighten me as to when has a player on the fringes of the first team, having excelled in the U23s and made the matchday squad. Is then sent out on loan to a lower level by far than the one reached, and has improved and matured into a regular Premier League standard player? I can't remember that happening. So what is the loan in this form for?

A real loan would be to the same league level, to confirm progression to that standard. The lower league team rarely or never gets a fully motivated Premier League standard player to boost them. Mainly the young player, drained of motivation, falls out and fades away. So again, what's the point? It's just a waste of all that Academy time and money.

David Hayes
21 Posted 18/08/2021 at 09:20:24
Go on, Lad, bang in 15 or 20 goals for Sunderland, then return to us and then do the same in the Premier League having learned how to do it at Sunderland. Or you could then be sold to a Championship team for £10 million or so.

Yes it happens all the time, just work hard.

Andrew Keatley
22 Posted 18/08/2021 at 14:46:06
David (20 + 21) - Were you on the road to Damascus some time between 9:03 am and 9:19 am this morning? How is Paul doing?
David Hayes
23 Posted 18/08/2021 at 20:43:10
Another step upon the beaten tread where all souls must travel. Slow and burdensome, back bent with time wearied tread, endless the path, and no rainbows end in sight. Distant yet dreamlike, a fog lifts way yonder, here just out of reach and just touching enjured pain is the mirage of perfect boyhood wonder, royal blue assending in glorious victory well deserved. Never again do we surrender,for we are relentless to the end.

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