Everton have had a number of great players to come out of their youth academy at Finch Farm in the Premier League era, with Wayne Rooney, Richard Dunne, Anthony Gordon and Ross Barkley all learning their craft with the Toffees.
If there is one thing that Frank Lampard can offer to the club during his managerial career at Goodison Park, it is his keen eye for young talent. The 44-year-old has played a hand in the development and breakthroughs of Mason Mount, Reece James, Tariq Lamptey and Armando Broja, giving all of them their Premier League debuts during his time in charge at Chelsea.
Lampard could now unearth his next talent at Goodison Park with Nathan Broadhead, who despite currently being on loan at Wigan Athletic could be the solution to the lack of attacking threat at Everton in the years to come.
Broadhead has been capturing the attention of the football world for his contributions whilst on a season-long loan spell at Sunderland last term, with his late introductions to matches becoming game-changing moments for the Black Cats in their promotion success from League One.
The talented 24-year-old only started 15 league matches for the Wearsiders but scored five goals in their last seven games in their push for a play-off position in the third tier after coming back from a hamstring injury, and he delivered in a big way as the club are now competing comfortably in the Championship.
In fact, Broadhead scored 13 goals in all competitions during his time in the northeast and has already scored for Wigan since joining a few weeks ago, so it is clear that he has a hunger for goals, something that Lampard could capitalise upon if he can bring him back to the Toffees for the second half of the season.
His ability didn’t go unnoticed whilst rising through the ranks of the youth system on Merseyside, and was hailed “one of the best” by David Unsworth during his time developing Broadhead at Everton.
The former Everton under-23 coach once said of the now 24-year-old: “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.”
As a result, Broadhead could not only be Lampard’s next striker prodigy just like Broja – whose senior debut ironically came under the 44-year-old against Everton in March 2020 – but could also save the club millions when it comes to acquiring the services of more players, should the Toffees feel that they need to do so in the January transfer window.