Player Zone: Nick Powell’s next move will confirm his return after nightmare stint at United

According to TEAMtalk, Wigan forward Nick Powell is on the radar of Celtic and a whole host of rival Championship clubs including Middlesbrough, Stoke, West Brom and Leeds.

TEAMtalk also report that Premier League clubs Brighton and Burnley both had bids rejected in the past year and Aston Villa and Derby have held long standing interest. Powell is a man in demand then, and the race for his signature would certainly seem to confirm that he has bounced back from his torrid spell at Manchester United.

Nick Powell for Crewe Alexandra

Powell came through the ranks at Crewe Alexandra, and at the age of 16 made his debut before going on to make 64 appearances in all competitions, scoring 16 goals and providing eight assists in the process.

The summer of 2012 was then a life changing one for the young man. Having scored a screamer for Crewe in their League Two playoff final victory and wrapped up all five of the club’s end of season awards, he was sold to Manchester United as an 18-year-old.

The move seemed like a dream for the young lad from Crewe but in truth, it came too early in his career and Powell clearly struggled with the pressure. Powell ended up making just nine appearances for United during a four year stint with the club, where he spent much of his time out on loan. Some of these temporary moves were more successful than others though, his first at Wigan was reasonably successful but a period with Leicester in the Premier League was cut short following his poor attitude and commitment to training.

Nick Powell for Manchester United

Powell scored his only United goal against Wigan and it was the Latics who re-signed him following his release in 2016. This proved to be one of Wigan’s best decisions in years as since then he has netted 24 times and provided 11 assists from an attacking midfield position.

The now 24-year-old can either play upfront or in behind a more recognised striker and looks to have put his time at United firmly in the past. With the race for his signature hotting up among the Championship clubs and the Scottish giants it will be interesting to see whether he is ready for a move away from the DW Stadium after Wigan took a chance on him in 2016.