Nick Powell

{Profile Posted 01/06/2012}


Date of Birth: - 23rd March 1994

Nationality: - English

Height: - 6ft 0inches

Position: - Attacking Midfielder

Club History: - Crewe Alexandra

Linked With: To save myself a hell of a lot of time, I may as well say that pretty much all Championship sides are interested in him, as well as most Premier League teams.

Estimated Market Value: - Around £8million.

Club Career

Crewe Alexandra:

Powell started his career at his home-town club Crewe Alexandra, joining their youth system as a five-year-old.

19th August 2010 - Powell made his debut for Crewe in a League Two game against Cheltenham Town, which ended in a 3-2 defeat at Whaddon Road. In this game, he came on as a second half substitute at the age of 16, becaming the second youngest player ever to appear for Crewe.

20th August 2011 - Powell received his first sending off for the first time in his career during the 2-0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town, Powell had only been on the pitch for 8 minutes when he was shown a straight red card for a sliding challenge.

15th October 2011 - Powell scored his first senior goal in a 3-1 away win at AFC Wimbledon.

January 2012 - Powell was awarded the Football League's Young Player of the Month Award for December.

10th March 2012 - Powell scored his first brace against Gillingham in a 4-3 win.

21st April 2012 - Powell won every award at Crewe's end of season awards ceremony, becoming the first player to win all five, including Goal of the Season (for his 30-yard strike in the 4-3 win at Gillingham), Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year.

27th May 2012 - Powell scored the opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Cheltenham Town in the 2012 League Two play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, to win promotion to League One. After this game, Powell well and truly caught the eye of many, many peoples attention and a whole host of speculation began. This game was also the reason why he is my Player of The Month for May, as he had an outstanding game and showed a high amount of maturity, as well as ability.

International career:

Powell has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 levels.

5th November 2009 - Powell made his debut for the Under-16 team against Northern Ireland.

25th August 2010 - Powell made his debut against Turkey for the Under-17 side.

28th August 2010 - Powell scored a free-kick in the Under 17 International Tournament, for the Under-17's against Australia in a 4-0 win.

Powell played in the 2011 UEFA European U-17 Football Championship, with England making it to the semi-final and Powell scoring against France in the group stage.

7th March 2012 - Powell made his Under-18 debut against Poland.

Club Statistics:

Crewe: - 64 appearances, 16 goals and 8 assists.

General Comments:

This profile isn't overly long, as he is only 18 years of age and this is the first Young Player of the Month, and this is really a test to see if you folk like this idea, so let me know your thoughts.

Powell is a very promising young midfielder. As you have all heard, he has been linked with pretty much every team going, and with very good reason. Powell is a very level-headed, mature, powerful and intelligent player. I sometimes forget that he is 18, as he seems to have the ability of a player who has years and years of experience. For me, he is a must-buy for pretty much every-club in England, as he has an unbelievable amount of potential, and looks like a potential world-class player.

With this in mind, I really like the fact he plays with his head up all of the time. He always seems to be looking for the next pass, looking for that space to run in and to attack, I feel that he genuinely has the makings of a truly great player. I mean, this is supported by some of the goals he's scored, as there have been some real bloody screamers! I feel that he has the tremendous confidence in himself, which is brilliant for a young man to have because his team-mates pick up on it, and it really improves his game as a whole.

Onto the business of the profile, I feel that Manchester United will most likely sign him from Crewe if he does leave this summer, but I'm hoping if that is the case, then United will loan Powell back out to a Championship side and just let him continue his development naturally. With this in mind, I believe Powell will probably stay with Crewe for one more season as they have been promoted, and he is a very smart lad who knows that he needs to work his way up steadily rather than rushing to the top, although in my opinion he could make it at the top already! However, I feel that staying at Crewe would be the best option for now, to test himself in this new league, and to just carry on bettering himself as an individual and a player.

Thanks all,