The 20-year-old midfielder had a very poor loan move at Leicester and reports suggest it was largely down to his poor attitude and lack of professionalism which kept him out of Nigel Pearson’s plans.
Regardless of why Powell’s loan at Leicester didn’t turn out well, the focus now is on what is next for him. Will he stay at United to train under Louis van Gaal‘s watchful eye or go out on loan?
Even before his loan was terminated Neil Lennon’s Bolton Wanderers were linked with a move for Powell and there are likely to be many suitors for him because there’s no denying Powell’s talent. At this stage, nothing has been agreed.
As much as training under Van Gaal will help Powell, what he needs is another loan, ideally to a Championship club.
United have had a bad recent record of sending players out on loan to Premier League clubs but Powell had a great spell at Wigan Athletic last year. At a lower level, Powell is afforded more game time and that’s what he needs in order to progress. He simply won’t get that at United. U21s football is below Powell and he’ll gain nothing by playing with them again.
What Powell has to do is make sure any future loan spell doesn’t go to waste. If he wants to have a career at United, he needs to prove to Van Gaal that he deserves an opportunity and the only way he can do that is by proving himself on loan, much like Angelo Henriquez has done at Dinamo Zagreb.
At 20, Powell has plenty of time on his hands but another unsuccessful loan could place his United future in doubt.