Nathan Broadhead credited Everton manager Marco Silva for “getting the best out of me” after the forward’s stunning full debut for loan club Burton Albion on Saturday.
Broadhead marked his first start for the League One club by scoring twice inside three minutes before half-time to complete Burton’s 2-1 come-from-behind win at Gillingham.
The Welshman featured prominently in Everton’s pre-season campaign and last term scored for Silva’s first team in a Goodison Park friendly win over Kenyans Gor Mahia.
Broadhead, who joined the Club's Academy aged 10, capped a fine 2018/19 by claiming player-of-the-year honours for Everton’s double-winning Under-23 team.
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He signed new two-year terms with the Blues earlier this month and immediately completed a season-long loan switch to Burton.
And in the aftermath of his decisive contribution against Gillingham – which would have extended to him claiming the match ball had Broadhead’s late free-kick travelled a fraction lower – the player’s thoughts were not far from his parent club. In particular the strides he has made under Silva and first-team coach Duncan Ferguson.
“Marco Silva is a very good manager and I enjoy working under him,” said Broadhead.
“I think he gets the best out of me.
"And Duncan Ferguson is a Club legend, isn't he? I enjoy playing under him as well.
“Getting men’s football under my belt and doing as well as possible, helping Burton get points on the board, is what I want.
“Everyone has to believe in themselves, whether you’re a first team or academy player. You have to believe in yourself and hopefully you can get a chance.”
Broadhead’s exceptional form last season earned him a place in Wales manager Ryan Giggs’s party for a summer training camp in the Algarve.
The 21-year-old sustained his momentum on returning from his summer break and impressed Everton manager Silva and the Club’s senior players during pre-season.
He played his first football for Burton 24 hours after joining, when he came on for the final 24 minutes of last Saturday’s meeting with Ipswich Town.
Broadhead equalised at the weekend with a crisp finish from 20 yards and minutes later exhibited his predatory instincts by converting a cross from close range.
And now he’s properly up and running, Broadhead is keen to remain on the radar of the men in charge at Everton.
“Since I was young, I have always wanted to play at Goodison Park – and I have played there in the SportPesa Cup [against Gor Mahia] and scored,” added Broadhead.
“I just want to play in front of fans at the highest level possible.
“Saturday was a great experience for me, playing and starting, and I enjoyed it.
“I want to play in front of supporters, if it's 100 fans or 60,000 fans. It was a great experience for me and hopefully there are many more goals to come.”