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Nick Powell

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

23/03/1994

Height

183 cm

Signed

13/07/2016

Country

England

Hugely talented former Manchester United and England Under 21 international forward with the ability to turn a game in an instant.

Powell re-joined Latics on a permanent three-year contract in July 2016 following the expiry of his deal at Manchester United – one of the intended marquee signings for the new Sky Bet Championship season. 

Equally as comfortable in a midfield role or anywhere in the forward line, he has the talent to light up a game with a flash of brilliance, as evidenced by an extraordinary free-kick half an hour into his first appearance back in a Latics shirt – ironically against Owen Coyle’s Blackburn Rovers, the manager who originally brought him to the club on loan three years previously.

However, it proved to be a false dawn, his season thereafter was alas dogged by a succession of lengthy injuries, albeit he managed 22 appearances, though few with the advantage of full fitness.

He nevertheless came back strongly at the end of the 2016-1`7 campaign and made a dramatic impact, scoring five goals in a little over 70 minutes’ playing time in three appearances off the bench, including an extraordinary 11-minute hat-trick to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Barnsley.


It gave the supporters a moment to treasure but unfortunately for Latics, came too late to save the season. His talent is unquestionable and his fitness – or lack of it - was clearly a key factor in Latics being relegated in 2017.

CAREER SO FAR
The first time Latics' fans probably became aware of the midfielder was when he came on as 71st minute substitute in the game at Old Trafford in September 2012, and scored nine minutes later to notch his first goal in United colours.

That appearance was one of just two in the league for the first team and he arrived at Latics with the intention of getting regular first team football, an intention he fulfilled by finishing the 2013/14 campaign as the club's top goal scorer with 12 in all competitions.

Powell's goal scoring stood out for a variety of reasons, with the former Crewe Alexandra man scoring Latics' first ever Europa League goal when he opened his double against NK Maribor in October 2013 at the DW Stadium, a continental tally which was added to with a great finish in the 1-1 home draw against Rubin Kazan.

Not only were some of Powell's goal iconic for the club, but he also had an eye for the spectacular, turning in an audacious bicycle kick in Latics' 3-2 derby victory over Bolton Wanderers in December 2013.

Powell played 55 games, scoring 14 goals, after coming through the academy at Gresty Road before moving to Manchester for a deal reportedly worth in the region of £6 million.

He has represented England at U16, 17, 18, 19 and 21s level.

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