Nick Powell – Who is he and how does he play?

by Sam Peoples

Nick Powell of Crewe Alexandra (Getty Images)

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have signed Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra, on a deal which could cost the red side of Manchester £4m. Whether the figure is correct or not, time will tell.  Realistically I can see Sir Alex Ferguson acquiring a player like Powell, especially as we are set to see Paul Pogba leave for Juventus in just a matter of weeks. At the moment all we know is Sir Alex Ferguson and Mike Phelan went to watch a Crewe Alexandra game earlier this month, and they were apparently scouting Nick Powell. In the coming days and weeks we will see if the Daily Mail have this story correct. But for the moment, here is a bit of information about the player.

Who is Nick Powell?

He was born in Crewe, Cheshire on 23rd March 1994, made his debut for Crewe on 19 August 2010 in a Football League Two clash with Cheltenham Town which ended in a 3–2 defeat. He came on as a second half substitute for Clayton Donaldson. In January 2011 he was linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal confirming their interest in him.

The following season, he scored his first senior goal in a 3–1 away win at AFC Wimbledon on 15 October 2011.  On May 8 2012 it was confirmed by the BBC that bosses, Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United, David Moyes of Everton and Harry Redknapp of Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing the player on a full-time basis. All three bosses sent scouts down to the Alexandra Stadium to watch Powell in action.

How does Nick Powell play?

Nick Powell has been described as technically gifted with notable composure, anticipation and creativity. He is praised for his ability to find space on the pitch in which to both receive and pass the ball, a quality which allows him to dictate the tempo of games and maintain possession for his team. He plays often as an advanced midfielder, sometimes in the second-striker role, but can also play a deeper-lying role. In addition to midfield positions he is comfortable on either flank as well as playing as a striker.

What has Nick Powell achieved as a player?

In January 2012, it was announced that Powell had been awarded the Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for December. On the 28th of April 2012, Nick Powell won every award at the clubs annual end of season awards ceremony, being the first ever player in clubs history to do so. Amongst the awards were Goal of the Season (for his 30 yard strike in the 4-3 win against Gillingham), Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year, winning all 5 awards available.

COMPETITION

APPEARANCES

GOALS

NPOWER LEAGUE 2

55

14

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CUP

2

0

FOOTBALL LEAGUE CUP

1

0

FOOTBALL LEAGUE TROPHY

3

1

LEAGUE 2 PLAY OFFS

2

0

63

15

Nick Powell also has some youth International caps for England. He played for England U16’s from 2009-10 making seven appearances and scoring one goal. He went on to play for England U17’s from 2010-11, making 17 appearances and scoring five goals and currently he plays for England U18’s and has made one appearance so far.

Would Nick Powell be the type of player Manchester United would want?

The answer to that would be, of course they would. Manchester United have a talent in bringing promising youth players through into the first team. Nick Powell would be another example of that. He is tipped to be on of the key player for club and country by the time the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil takes place.

With Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Manchester United, all scouting the player, I am sure all have seen the possibilities the player could bring to each team. He would be another home-grown player in the squad, which would satisfy the rules and regulations of the Premier League. Also bringing him to United would enable him to get top-level experience for the international squad, thus helping him get ready for the next FIFA World Cup.

Here is a video I found on YouTube of Nick Powell scoring goal of the season for Crewe Alexandra, courtesy of apparentlycrewe;

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sRBqBL60og]

 

If you would like to see more of Nick Powell, you might want to watch the nPower League 2 Play Off Final on Sunday 27th May 2012 at 15:00 GMT, where Cheltenham Town play Crewe Alexandra, which will be shown on Sky Sports.

By Paul Bienkowski

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