Nick Powell is closing in on a return from injury as he looks to use next season to finally prove himself at Manchester United.
The English midfielder arrived at Man United in 2012 for a fee that could eventually rise to £6 million but has yet to live up to the potential he first showed.
His talent was obvious to see as Sir Alex Ferguson opened his check book three years ago as he scored a top corner volley in his last game for Crewe Alexandra in the League Two play-off final in 2012.
United fans will be hoping that the kid who was once hailed as a potential long-term replacement for Paul Scholes by Sir Alex Ferguson may finally have a chance to push himself forwards.
Good couple of holidays. Now to finish of recovery ??⚽️
— Nick Powell (@NPowell25) June 13, 2015
Powell has had a mixed bag of loan spells since he arrived at Old Trafford, with his most recent at Leicester City failing to see to him start a single first-team game.
He first followed Tom Cleverley to Wigan Athletic. His season there produced the expected goods. As Wigan appeared in Europe for the first time, having won the FA Cup, he scored the club’s first ever goal on the continent against Maribor.
After that, however, his return to United didn’t prove fruitful. Powell sat in the U21s where he picked up injuries all too often.
Under Louis van Gaal, he made his first League Cup appearance in the humiliating 4-0 defeat before being sent on loan to Leicester City.
There, he played just nine minutes as he came on as a substitute before a lack of commitment to training was cited as the reason to early termination of his loan.
United decided to keep Powell on this summer and although he is yet to fulfill his potential at the club, he’s going to be afforded another opportunity next year.