Nick Powell is expected to complete a move to Stoke at the end of the month, following him rejecting a new contract offer at Wigan. The former Man United forward is in his second spell at the DW Stadium, will he regret a move away?
“Nick Powell is the next Paul Scholes” Sir Alex Ferguson’s words, not mine. His career has been plagued by injuries and poor career choices, but he’s still a top player on his day.
The 2011/12 season was when Powell’s career took off. He won every award at Crewe’s end of season awards and scored a wonder-goal in their play-off final win at Wembley. United came calling, dubbing him as a future England international.
The youngster was sent on loan to Wigan, where he set the world alight at our place. A joy to watch, made the game look so easy. Powell scored our first ever European goal against Maribor, before scoring again against Rubin Kazan. Although the highlight of that loan spell was undoubtedly the overhead kick vs Bolton, I had to get that in somewhere.
After a couple of failed loan spells at Leicester and Wolves, Powell came home, this time permanently. He suffered from injury for a majority of the season, when returning he almost kept us up single-handedly. Wigan 0-2 Barnsley 79 minutes. Powell comes on, scores a hat-trick, we win 3-2. That’s what he does.
The bloke was just different class in League One during the 2017/18 campaign, it wasn’t fair on other teams, we basically had 12 men. That season, Powell scored 15, assisted about 120 and didn’t really break a sweat. Powell > Dack by the way.
Last season was ruined by injury, again. After starting the season very well, hamstring troubles kept him out the side. Wigan managed him perfectly, only using him when we absolutely needed his magic, even subbing him off after 20/30 minutes sometimes.
Will he get that special treatment at Stoke? Hmm. He’s a god at Latics, he’ll be welcome to come back at any point. Just reject Stoke, stay at Wigan. You know it’s the right thing to do.
Right, someone pass a tissue.