Everton U23 manager David Unsworth has said that Bangor-born Nathan Broadhead is ‘one of the best players’ he’s worked with.
The praise follows Broadhead’s two goals against Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night which helped the Blues secure a 2-0 win in the Merseyside ‘Mini-Derby’. The result sees Everton maintain a four point lead at the top of Premier League 2 and keeps them on course to win the league for the second time in three seasons.
Broadhead, 20, has been at Everton’s academy since the age of 10 and Unsworth is confident that 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.”
Broadhead was top goalscorer for Kevin Sheedy’s Under-18s side and helped the young Blues win the Dallas Cup in 2015/16. After 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 until 2020.
Having also played for Bangor City and Wrexham Broadhead has received international recognition for Wales up to Under-21 level.
Although appearing extensively for the U23’s at Everton he has featured for just eight minutes in the first team, a substitute appearance against Apollon Limassol in the 2017-18 Europa League campaign.
Given such praise from Unsworth and his consistent performances, hopefully it won’t be long before Broadhead can have the opportunity to establish himself in Everton’s first team.