Bangor-born Broadhead gets first call-up to Wales’ senior squad

PICTURE BY NURPHOTO/BBC.

A MUCH-loved North Wales footballing star has been called up to the Wales squad for the first time ahead of some very important matches to come next month.

Nathan Broadhead’s long-wait for a call up to the senior side has finally come after manager Rob Page placed him in the squad earlier today (May 19).

As a result, Broadhead could now go on to earn his first cap in Nations League Group A matches against Poland, Netherlands (two separate matches) or Belgium in early June.

It also puts the attacker in a position to potentially take to the field in the all-important World Cup 2022 qualifier v either Ukraine or Scotland.

Broadhead has previously represented Wales at various age levels, including playing for the under 20’s at the 2017 Toulon Tournament.

PIC: Rex Features

After many years of waiting, the 24-year-old made his Premier League debut for Everton on April 12, 2021.

It was a disappointing night for the Toffees overall as they failed to break down a stubborn Brighton and Hove Albion and drew 0-0 at the AMEX Stadium.

However, it was most certainly a night to remember for Bangor-born Broadhead who can finally say he had made an appearance in England’s top-flight.

That night, he came on to replace Tom Davies with just three minutes and injury time left in the game.

Then-manager Carlo Ancelotti, who is now in charge of UEFA Champions League finalists Real Madrid, showed great faith in Broadhead to hand him his long-awaited debut.

Leading up to that, he had starred continuously for Everton’s under 23’s side – including netting a hat-trick in a 4-1 win v Manchester United.

Broadhead has been with Everton since he was just 10 years old, having joined the Toffees from Wrexham’s academy.

Broadhead in Everton colours. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

His finest campaign to date with the young Toffees came when he scooped the club’s Under-23 Player-of-the-Season prize following a league and cup double in 2018-19. A highlight of that season saw him scoring a double in Everton’s 2-0 win against bitter rivals Liverpool U23’s at Anfield.

In the 2019/20 season, he spent time on loan at Burton Albion, where he made 20 appearances in Sky Bet League One, scoring two goals.

Broadhead did have a European first-team appearance to his name for Everton previously – having come on as a late substitute during a 3-0 win over Apollon Limassol back in 2017.

This season, the attacker has been on loan at EFL League One club Sunderland and has really showcased what he can do – so much so that it has led him to a Wales call up.

PIC: Getty Images.

Broadhead has been influential, scoring 13 goals in 26 appearances.

He suffered a first-half injury in the Black Cats’ final game of the season against Morecambe after he scored the winner in the 10th minute.

However, he returned for the club’s huge play-off semi-final Sheffield Wednesday on May 9. In the second leg, he returned from the bench as Sunderland drew 1-1 (and won 2-1 on aggregate).

They now face Wycombe Wanderers in the final on Saturday, May 21 – could Broadhead provide one more magic moment for the club this season?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s