Nathan Broadhead signs up on loan at Wigan Athletic

11/08/2022 22comments  |  Jump to last

updated Wigan Athletic have signed Nathan Broadhead on a season-long loan and the player has also signed a two-year contract that will tie him to the Blues until 2024.

The 24-year-old returned from a very successful loan spell at Sunderland last season but was unable to negotiate a new deal there, as they took Ellis Simms on loan. He scored 12 times to help the Black Cats to promotion via the play-offs.

Broadhead, who hails from Bangor, has been with Everton since the age of 10.

Last season, he made his first Premier League appearance in a goalless draw with Brighton.

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As well as his stint with Sunderland, he has also spent time on loan with Burton Albion, where he scored 3 goals in 22 appearances.


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John Pickles
1 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:44:54
Broadhead has gone on loan to Wigan, does that make Rondon the only senior fit Striker at the club now?
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 09/08/2022 at 09:53:12
Broadhead has gone to Wigan Athletic on loan for this season, another indication that strikers are on the way to Goodison Park.
Mal van Schaick
3 Posted 09/08/2022 at 10:54:17
A sight to behold. A striker having a shot on goal. Long time no see.
Len Hawkins
4 Posted 09/08/2022 at 11:10:33
We send older players out on loan to gain experience, perhaps trying them in the first team may give a better indication. What's the betting Ellis Simms ends up as top scorer at Sunderland?

Mind you, we always have Rondon chomping at the bit to get among the goals perhaps he can double his tally at Everton.

Dennis Stevens
5 Posted 09/08/2022 at 11:11:42
Loan or no loan, not even worth having on the bench as an option versus Chelsea?
Paul Cherrington
6 Posted 09/08/2022 at 11:26:50
Sorry but I just do not get what the club is thinking here, when we are short of strikers. He did well on loan last season and proved he has something, why not give him his chance in the first-team now, when we are short in that area?! It makes no sense – especially when we are having to play people out of position up top at the moment.

Of course, it may be that the club have got a striker or two ready to come in via the transfer window so I'll reserve judgement for now. If not though, this is crazy with Simms out on loan too.

Mike Hayes
7 Posted 09/08/2022 at 11:29:19
Typical Everton – letting strikers go out on loan when we are desperate for goals.

When he returns, he’ll be 25 – with no settled club. Either sell him on or use him in first team, for fuck's sake! 🤷

Mike Allison
8 Posted 09/08/2022 at 11:37:07
I can only assume he’s not considered good enough for the first team. The loans are to try to create a value for him in the transfer market.
Jeff Armstrong
9 Posted 09/08/2022 at 11:37:56
We must have a couple of forwards coming in, why loan out 3 reserve strikers?
All of them could have done a comparable job as the front 3 v Chelsea, probably better.
James Marshall
10 Posted 09/08/2022 at 11:43:38
You loan out players of his age in order to get them in the shop window – he clearly has no future at Everton but will also not feature in the first team, so you loan him out, clubs get to see him play, and hopefully someone wants to buy him.

It's very common practice at all clubs to do this kind of thing with certain players who are under contract but are better off playing, and being sold. Otherwise they just play reserve games and their careers come to an end when they get released.

Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 09/08/2022 at 12:13:11
Nathan is far better going out on loan for the sake of his career, he has been very unlucky over the years with the injuries he has had and never seems to have had a long spell without it being interrupted by these injuries.

You have to wonder what goes on at Everton though, Nathan has trained since they came back from their summer holiday, went to America with the squad, never played, hasn’t featured in any other game for any of the teams, not even on the bench, so the lad must be pleased he is finally, hopefully, going to get some games with Wigan.

Good luck, lad, you certainly are due for some!!

Alan J Thompson
12 Posted 09/08/2022 at 12:14:34
A run out in the Premier League as the only available fit striker might have put him in the front of a bigger window but did he sign a 7-year contract when 18?
Kevin Naylor
13 Posted 09/08/2022 at 12:32:54
You must wonder what these young players must think when they see Rondon sloping around the pitch and they don't even get 10 minutes.
Chris Taggart
14 Posted 09/08/2022 at 12:54:03
Maybe he wanted to go out on loan in order to get some matches under his belt to hopefully make the Wales World Cup squad?
David Bromwell
15 Posted 09/08/2022 at 16:07:53
I wish people would give Rondon a bit of a break. I appreciate he has limitations but he is far from the worst player I have seen in a Blue shirt.

Yes, he was unfit when we signed him, but he seems to have worked hard to get in shape and he has always appeared to give his all when on the pitch.

If only we had someone to play off him and tap in goals, we might just have a temporary strike force.

Jack Convery
16 Posted 09/08/2022 at 18:01:03
Good luck and earn your self a decent move in 2023.
John Chambers
17 Posted 09/08/2022 at 19:09:42
I hope the lad does really well at Wigan but if, at 24, he can’t get into the first-team squad in our current predicament up front, we should be looking to sell him or allow him to leave.

Yet another example of Everton keeping players at the club far too long when there is clearly no future for them here.

Dupont Koo
18 Posted 09/08/2022 at 00:02:55
Nathan is playing catch-up in terms of getting competitive minutes (a combination of too long a stay at U23 under Rhino + injuries). Hope he can get as close to 3000 minutes with Wigan to help not only his own development, but also Thelwell to make a final judgement on whether he is good enough once and for all.

Getting him locked up with a new contract extension (as reported by a few internet media outlets) before loaning him out (assuming under the more reasonable salary scale that Thelwell established) is a good move too to retain an asset that can be sold in the future or easily loaned out with loan fees if not.

No-brainer for him to choose Wigan over Sunderland: closer to home and with the same offering of Championship Football.

Kieran Kinsella
19 Posted 10/08/2022 at 00:56:42

I don’t understand why there’s talk of us giving him a new contract, and indeed why we gave him the last if he isn’t even in consideration for the first team at 24 years old?

I’m not knocking him. I actually quite like him, but it makes no business sense.

Terry Farrell
21 Posted 10/08/2022 at 19:07:54
He held off Mina, skinned a few, and buried it bottom corner in one of the USA training clips I saw and we saw the clever run and clipped finish against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.

He's got something but obviously not enough at this level and he's having to do what loads before him have and prove people wrong.

Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:54:36
Kieran (19),

No I don’t understand what Everton are doing over Broadhead. It doesn’t make much sense how his career has been covered without any conclusion if Everton want him or not, unless they are doing an awful lot to help him to finally get his career on track after all the injuries he has had over a very long period.

Like you, I think there is a decent player there but he hasn’t had a proper injury-free period to prove how how good he is.

Ian Bennett
23 Posted 10/08/2022 at 21:02:55
Not considered good enough, but doing enough to protect the asset.

This is the side of youth football I hate. The Chelsea model of paying kids over the top salaries, knowing full well they ain't going to make it at the club - but banking loan fees and transfer fees.

Farming youth players. It stinks and it should be stopped. Let the kids play and develop careers.

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