From Crewe Alexandra’s youth academy to Manchester United is a huge step for anybody in this world. Because the difference in magnitude of these clubs is so huge and any player will let the pressure get to his head. But Nick Powell is not a weak minded player and his performances are speaking for themselves.
Powell scored for Manchester United on his debut and caught the eye of all the clubs across Europe but he was warming the bench after that goal. United decided it would be best to loan him out to a Championship club and Wigan Athletic were wise to snap him up.
The Manchester United youngster impressed at Wigan Athletic. He absolutely ran riot and was their leading scorer in all tournaments, including scoring their first goal in Europe.
Nick Powell is now back at Old Trafford and is knocking ferociously on the United first team door and the new manager will be more than wise to consider him next season at some capacity rather than letting him go out on another loan.
So how can Louis Van Gaal really use him to get the best out of him??
Nick Powell as Javier Hernandez’ Replacement?
One player who is wasted on the bench is Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez. Who knows how Louis Van Gaal is going to solve this ‘Javier Hernandez’ dilemma. Chicharito should really move on. He is wasting his career on the bench for Manchester United when he easily could be first choice striker elsewhere.
From Manchester United’s point of view they need someone to actually replace him because you need four strikers to be comfortable through-out the season given injuries that could hit the squad at anytime. So Van Gaal can really use Nick Powell to his benefit as he has been playing the striker role for Wigan the whole of last season. And United need not shed out million for the likes of Cavani because Nick Powell has a good goal scoring record and could be the future.
Nick Powell to be the next Paul Scholes?
Another idea that can be implemented with Nick Powell is in midfield. With his mentality to cut off attacks with him all the time he could very well be our next Paul Scholes. He can take the responsibility of becoming the new midfield general and to add to his profile he has a killer right foot that is perfect for those pile driving shots that can almost beat any keeper in the world. He has the mold, the physique and the mentality to take over from Paul Scholes.
Nick Powell as a versatile super sub?
Another interesting idea will be to keep in mind the assurance of a number of signings to arrive at Old Trafford this summer. Nick Powell may very well find his opportunities hard to come by. But the manager should keep him on the bench and use him as a attacking prospect when we are looking weak in attack or use as a person to stop the opposition from attacking by using him in Midfield as a Defensive Midfielder. His versatility is one thing that Van Gaal should keep in mind and use him wisely as and when needed.
All in all, let’s hope we see more of Nick Powell in a red shirt next season.