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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1 Posted 16/08/2021 at 09:33:35
2 Posted 16/08/2021 at 11:24:32
4 Posted 16/08/2021 at 11:45:38
5 Posted 16/08/2021 at 11:48:42
Must be retributive punishment for being overly critical. Must try harder.
6 Posted 16/08/2021 at 12:26:11
Funny that NewsNow locks it in to its timeline, even if the source story is subsequently pulled.
7 Posted 16/08/2021 at 12:48:58
8 Posted 16/08/2021 at 13:03:21
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.
9 Posted 16/08/2021 at 13:08:24
23. Looked lovely in pre-season. Seems odds are against him making it for us.
10 Posted 16/08/2021 at 13:09:11
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
11 Posted 16/08/2021 at 13:42:54
Hoppe, 20 years of age, 6 goals 1 assist in 15 games last season.
12 Posted 16/08/2021 at 13:59:54
I'm wondering if this was a sweetener in the deal that is supposedly bringing Sunderland youngster Francis Okoronkwo in to our Academy?
13 Posted 16/08/2021 at 14:12:16
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.
14 Posted 16/08/2021 at 14:16:04
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?
15 Posted 16/08/2021 at 14:51:25
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.
16 Posted 16/08/2021 at 15:17:22
Hope it sets him up for either a successful return, or a lucrative move. Best of luck, Nathan.
17 Posted 16/08/2021 at 15:25:52
18 Posted 16/08/2021 at 22:33:52
If he can play 30+ games and manage 10+ goals then theres 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).
20 Posted 18/08/2021 at 09:02:56
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.
21 Posted 18/08/2021 at 09:20:24
Yes it happens all the time, just work hard.
22 Posted 18/08/2021 at 14:46:06
23 Posted 18/08/2021 at 20:43:10
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