Nick Powell is looking toward having a great season at Wigan Athletic after joining on loan from Manchester United.
The 19-year-old joined the Latics after having a chat with Tom Cleverley, who spent the 2010/11 season at the DW Stadium, as he was convinced it would be a good move and a great stepping stone in his career.
“I spoke to Clevs before I came here and he told me how great his time at Wigan Athletic was and how it helped his development,” he told Wigan’s official website.
“Hopefully I can follow his example and return to Manchester United after a successful season here and as a better player.”
Powell enjoyed a great start in his maiden season at Old Trafford but surgery ruled him out of playing for the second half of the year and gaining first team experience was why David Moyes wanted Powell to leave for the season.
“I also spoke with David Moyes and we both agreed that I needed more game-time which was the only thing missing from last season, so hopefully I can get that here and do the business for Wigan Athletic.
“You always need experience if you’re going to become a better player, no matter what division that might be in. I’ve played in the Premier League with Manchester United and League One with Crewe Alexandra, and now I’m getting a taste of the Championship where I hope to prove myself.”
Whenever Powell featured for Warren Joyce’s U21s last year, he stood head and shoulders above the other players. He was too good for that level of football so a loan a move away was certainly the best option and it is something that Powell is excited to sink his teeth into.
He continued: “I’ve got good memories already of playing against Wigan Athletic, after scoring on my debut at Old Trafford last season, but hopefully this season I can bag a few more goals for Wigan Athletic and show everyone what I can do.
“I spent over ten years at Crewe and they moulded me into the player I am today. I would say I’m a goalscorer, an attacking midfielder who loves to get forward and make things happen; hopefully I can bring that out here at Wigan Athletic.
At 19, Powell has showed fantastic promise already at United. Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t have dubbed him as the potential replacement for Paul Scholes without meaning it.
The fact that he will be playing in the Europa League with Wigan this year is a real boost as experience in Europe is the hardest for any young player to come by.
Powell is set to feature in his first game for Wigan this weekend against Leicester City and The Peoples Person will keep you up to date on how he gets on at Wigan over the course of the season.