Nick Powell has expressed his desire to be given opportunities to play in the No.10 role on loan at Leicester City this season.
Powell believes he could have played week-in-week-out on loan in the Championship but felt the time was right to make the big step-up to the Premier League.
“I could go to the Championship and play week-in-week-out, but the Premier League is the next step and I feel like Leicester gave me that opportunity,” he told Leicester’s official website.
Speaking back in 2012, Ferguson said: “Powell is going to be a really good player who, we hope, will fill Paul Scholes’s boots in terms of he’s got terrific vision, good temperament, two great feet, is quick and is a great striker of the ball.”
Of course, Powell could follow Scholes’ career path in being a No.10 at the start before adopting a deeper role in central midfield. That could well happen.
However, despite the praise, Powell has been sent out on loan again this season and is keen to play in a No.10 role.
However, Powell was instead sent out on loan. He added: “I’ve had a chat with the manager and he said I’ve got to fit into the team and do what the boys do.
“I’m best suited in the No.10, in behind to get a bit of space, turn and go for the attacking option.
“I can play in a number of positions – I’ll just have to try and find which one suits me best at Leicester. I’ve got to earn my way into the team first – it’s not given to you – that’s the first step.”
There are still high hopes Powell has a future at United but whether that would be in central midfield or further up the pitch remains to be seen.