Broadhead Aiming To Learn From Idol Bale

Everton Under-23s Player of the Season Nathan Broadhead says he is trying to "learn everything he can" from Gareth Bale during his time with the Wales senior team - admitting the Real Madrid superstar is one of his idols.

Broadhead, 21, and Bale, 29, have both been in a 26-man group taking part in a training camp in the Algarve in the past week as Ryan Giggs runs the rule over his players before naming a final squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary next month.

Everton Academy product Broadhead, who sampled league and cup success with the young Blues this term, admitted it was "a shock" to receive his first senior nod for the trip to Portugal but says he will use the time away to glean as much as possible from four-time Champions League winner Bale, as well as a manager in Giggs who amassed 22 major honours during a stellar playing career with Manchester United.

"I think I learn more watching people than actually playing, just getting those little tips off players and seeing what they do," an excited Broadhead told evertonfc.com.

"When I train with the first team at Everton, I get tips off everyone so playing with someone like Gareth Bale - one of the best players in the world - just watching him play, I can't wait.

"I've looked up to him since I was a little kid and I'll just try to learn everything I can."



Bangor-born Broadhead has recent experience of working with Giggs having been invited to a smaller national team meet-up last week and is looking forward to again trying to impress the former winger.

His introduction to the senior squad has completed a dream journey for the Toffees youngster, whose first memory of live football is watching Giggs in action for Wales against England at Old Trafford as a seven-year-old.

Broadhead, who has four caps for his nation's Under-21s side, said: "I remember watching my first game with my family, it was England versus Wales and he [Giggs] was the main player for Wales back then.

"I remember loving it and being stood at the back of Old Trafford banging the stand. I watched him a lot growing up.

"I actually went away with him the week before for a little training camp before this one, mainly for fringe players, and the way he's working with the team, I think I'll enjoy it and enjoy that style.

"It was a good experience and something I enjoyed.

"It's different to what we do at Everton but I like to learn different ways from different coaches and adapt to different managers because that can only progress my game."




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