Attacking midfielder Powell signed for the Tigers on loan in January 2016, bringing a reputation for past glories and recent obscurity. He was injured almost as soon as he arrived and failed to leave a strong impression on Steve Bruce’s side. It is nevertheless rumoured that Bruce’s insistence on signing Powell, and the club hierarchy’s refusal to comply, was one of several factors that led to the club’s most successful manager resigning in July 2016, days before the notorious “nine first team players” training trip to Austria.
A youngster at Crewe Alexandra’s famous academy, Powell had over 50 first team appearances under his belt when he signed for Manchester United at the age of 18. But the big move proved daunting for the young midfielder and he failed to make any impression on the Old Trafford first team, resulting to three loans to the Championship.
Powell’s Manchester United contract expired in Summer 2016 and he signed for Championship side Wigan Athletic – who nine months later were League One side Wigan, despite Powell netting an 11 minute hattrick in a 3-2 win against Barnsley. After another 12 months and he again played for Championship Wigan, having been a prominent part of their 2017/18 title winning season and attracted transfer attention from a number of higher level clubs. A further successful season in the Championship saw Powell reach the end of his Wigan contract, and in June 2019 he switched to Stoke City.
After an injury early in the season Powell settled into the first team at Stoke, especially once Michael O’Neill was appointed manager. After a decent season in 2019/20 Powell’s form improved in the 2020/21 season as Stoke finished mid-table in the Championship and Powell netted 12 times in 42 appearances.
Powell was capped for England at all youth levels from under-16 and under-21.
Date/Place of Birth: 23 March 1994, Crewe
Hull City First Game: 20 February 2016, Arsenal A (FA Cup Fifth Round), 21 years, 334 days old
Hull City Final Game: 8 March 2016, Arsenal H (FA Cup Fifth Round Replay), 21 years, 351 days
Crewe Alexandra (2010-2012), Manchester United (2012-2016), Wigan Athletic (2013-2014, loan), Leicester City (2014-2015, loan), Hull City (2016, loan), Wigan Athletic (2016-2019), Stoke City (2019-current)
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Career: 5 apps, 0 goalsNick Powell
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