Good start for Broadhead at Sunderland halted by injury

Sunday, 3 October, 2021 5comments  |  Jump to last

Sunderland are unbeaten with Nathan Broadhead in the side, winning five of the six games he has either started or come off the bench as a substitute.

His loan to Sunderland in League One has been met with some enthusiasm by the Black Cats fans, despite the Everton forward — who has been given the Number 9 shirt — having only found the net once so far.

But now he is sidelined with a hamstring injury and is expected to miss upcoming games until the second half of October at the earliest.

The on-loan Everton striker was one of the stars of Sunderland's 5-0 home win against Cheltenham in midweek until he limped off near the end, leaving the Black Cats — who had already used all three substitutes — to complete the game with 10 men.

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He underwent a scan towards the end of last week to determine the extent of the injury amidst fears the 23-year-old could be out for anywhere between a couple of weeks and a couple of months.

The scan has revealed that the injury is at the less serious end of the scale, meaning Broadhead is likely to be out for between 2 and 4 weeks with a grade 1B tear of the hamstring.


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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 03/10/2021 at 14:44:37
Nathan has been very unlucky with injuries that have kept him back and put his career on hold quite a few times, hope he soon gets back and his form gets him a contract off Sunderland.
Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 03/10/2021 at 14:53:19
Yea, Dave, injuries are the bane of so many young players' development pathway. He doesn't seem to be able to elevate his game much beyond League One but he was given a 2-year contract extension just this summer – that was before Rafa came and the loan was agreed. So maybe a big cash-in is on the cards?

Or more likely, a free transfer or "nominal fee" come next summer. Oh-oh... seems I'm being downbeat again, so I'd better not go on.

Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 03/10/2021 at 15:06:12
I think he is on a one season loan with Sunderland that gives him a chance to get a decent contract off them and maybe something for Everton FC. It won't make the headlines but will be helpful all round in a small way.

My wish is for Broadhead to finally get a good run of games and prove he has got what it takes, even lower down the ladder.

Kevin Dyer
4 Posted 03/10/2021 at 16:04:58
I haven't seen Broadhead play for Sunderland, but I watched their league opener against Wigan and they definitely needed someone to play off the left, as think there's only the aging McGeady there presently.

Going off his performances in Florida, I thought he looked borderline Championship calibre and told my Sunderland-supporting mate that he'd do well for them and at 23 would be capable of improving in line with the team, if they get promoted this season. So far, he's not making me look silly!

As regards a fee, Sunderland spent nothing this summer. If they get promoted then they'll have to do something to strengthen the squad but since Broadhead will only have 12 months left on his deal, and is currently only evaluated (Transfermarkt) as being worth £450k then any fee would be nominal.

Justin Doone
5 Posted 05/10/2021 at 09:30:05
Injuries have ruined many a players career but hopefully with luck, determination and good injury management he will back playing for Sunderland before the end of the month.

This could be a make or break season at 23 or 24. Too old for youth football but young enough to learn and improve.

I am not comparing Nate to Gbamin but, if you want to make it at the top, you have to live the lifestyle to give you the best possible chance. Being injured is no excuse to change that – unless you no longer care.

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