Nathan Broadhead has been named as the Everton U23 Player of the Season. After another successful campaign the young Blues side won the Premier League 2 title and the Premier Cup with a 1-0 against Newcastle.
Everton Football Club’s awards – The Dixies – salute Evertonians past and present, with awards including the SportPesa Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season, Ladies Player of the Season and Under-23 Player of the Season.
The 20 year-old, who was born in Bangor, played for the Bangor City academy before joining Everton’s Academy at the age of 10. The skilful forward who possesses excellent balance and two good feet has made steady progress at the club.
He was top goalscorer for Kevin Sheedy’s Under-18s side and helped the young Blues win the Dallas Cup in 2015/16, before breaking through to David Unsworth’s Under-23s side in the second half of the 2016/17 campaign, he was rewarded with a new three-year deal.
Nathan made his first-team debut on 7 December 2017 when coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute in Everton’s 3-0 Europa League group stage victory against Apollon Limassol in Cyprus.
Enjoying a double winning season with the young blues side, Nathan made 22 appearances and scored 7 goals, the highlight of which was probably a brace at Anfield when Everton beat Liverpool 2-0.
After such a fantastic season it was a difficult decision for the U23s boss David Unsworth and his coaching team to make their decision. Unsworth said: “It’s been an amazing season, there are so many players who could have won this, it’s been a really close vote and decision by all the staff, however the winner is Nathan Broadhead.”
Nathan told Everton TV: “I’d like to thank ‘Unsi’ (David Unsworth) and the staff, for choosing me and the team, I wouldn’t be able to do it without them.
“It’s all about the team effort, it‘s been a good season.”
Contracted at Everton until June 2020, Nathan continues to make great progress at the club.
Earlier this season U23 manager David Unsworth said that Nathan is ‘one of the best players’ he’s worked with and either a loan move away or even a first-team training berth is a real possibility for the young forward.
Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo “He’s terrific, it’s up to him what the next step is… maybe a loan, maybe training with the first-team – but that’s up to the manager – but he has certainly given himself a platform.
“He’s a top young player and one of the best players I’ve worked with at this level. I hope he goes on and has a wonderful career because his ability certainly deserves that.”