Since the beginning of the January transfer window reports have emerged that Aston Villa are interested in League 1 midfielder, Nick Powell from Wigan Athletic.
Powell is an English player who has been setting League 1 alight this season due to scoring 11 goals in 23 games from the attacking midfield position. It is easy to see why clubs from a host of Championship and Premiership clubs are sitting up and taking notice.
At first, it looked like Villa would go head to head with Championship side Derby County for the ex Creme man’s signature but TeamTALK are reporting that Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace have all joined the race.
Both Villa and Derby may find it hard to fight off teams who sit above us in the English League football tree but this is where both the manager and board need to sell the club and vision to the player.
John Terry bought the vision so why can’t Powell?
The Premiership may be too much of a pull for the 23-year-old though whos time at Manchester United was seen as a failure after making just 3 league appearances in 4 years at the club. In fact, he had three loan moves during his time at Old Trafford with Wigan, Leicester and Hull respectively.
The lure of Premiership football may prove too much as every player wants to prove themselves at the top level, especially someone who has had a taste of it already. He will have to think about those three clubs league status though because either Villa or Derby could well be replacing them should they fail to secure Premiership status.
Some would argue that we don’t need Powell considering we have an in-form Jack Grealish with on-loan Tottenham youngster Josh Onoamah waiting in the wings but competition never hurt anyone, did it?
The Sun has already reported that he could still stay with the Latics should there takeover go through. The club are still waiting to be given the nod from the Football League for a Far East syndicate to buy the club from Dave Whelan.
Going by his characteristics on Whoscored he could just be the player that we need. His strengths include long shots, dribbling, tackling and his defensive contribution.
What do you think about the idea of us signing the former Manchester United midfielder? Do you think he could be what we are looking for?