It’s official, Nick Powell is a Stoke City player. It took me 10 minutes to write that. Anyway, we have to move on, he’s gone, signing a replacement is the priority and must be a good one.
Powell has been massively influential for us this past two seasons. In League One, he was just on another level, scoring 15 goals and assisting at least 100, while looking as if he was playing a training game.
Last season didn’t quite go to plan. Injury basically ruined his chance of him running the league. Coincidentally, his best performance last campaign was arguably at Stoke in September, I wonder if they scouted him then?
Powell lives in Crewe, near Stoke, and they’re a club looking to be promoted within the next couple of years. It was a no brainer, I never expected him to stay at Latics. Be happy it happened, not sad that’s it over (he says while wiping the tears away).
So, who can fill his void…
Lansbury is a player I’ve rated since his Forest days. He’s one of the players that always seems to score a screamer, you catch them when your half asleep watching Quest highlights at 23:45 while tucking into your kebab and a final can of lager. Or is it just me that does that? Back on topic, he’s a goal scoring midfielder and very unlikely to stay at Villa, given their promotion.
Also, Lansbury has experience of winning promotion and season-defining matches (I’m thinking for when we’re in League One in a couple of years time). Powell will be a huge miss, as he would be for most Championship sides, we can’t dwell on it for too long. The club did everything to keep him, sign a quality replacement and a few of us will forgive you. One or two.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Get Lampard on the phone next week and ask for a Reece James equivalent. Lewis Baker would do. A player that possesses the ability to turn a game on its head (as Powell used to, I promise that’s the last time I’ll mention him) and is on the back of a successful loan spell at Reading.
Baker has significant experience in the EFL now after spells at MK Dons, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Reading in recent years. We can’t afford to take a gamble on someone like Ben Woodburn to replace Powell, if it failed, we would really struggle. Baker would almost guarantee us goals from midfield and create plenty of chances.