According to a recent report from TEAMtalk, Celtic are one of many sides monitoring the progress of attacker Nick Powell. The 24-year-old currently plays his football at Championship outfit Wigan Athletic and has done so since 2016, in which time the Englishman has helped the Latics return to the second tier, and inspired them to a solid start to the 2018/19 campaign.
And Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic are one team reportedly keen on the £900,000-rated attacker (as per Transfermarkt), and the lure of Parkhead and the chance to turn out in Europe could well be enough to convince Powell of a move north of the border.
Ultimately, much was expected of the 24-year-old when he made the move from Crewe Alexandra to Manchester United back in 2012, but with just a handful of appearances for the Red Devils, and several loan spells during his time at Old Trafford, his career simply didn’t take-off in the North West.
Yet a permanent move to Wigan two years ago appears to have been exactly what Powell needed to start fulfilling his undoubted potential, as although he wasn’t able to keep the club in the Championship back in 2017, he was excellent in helping them win promotion last term.
Powell bagged 15 goals in all competitions to inspire Paul Cook’s men to top spot in League One and thus an immediate return to the second tier, and what has been even more impressive is that the 24-year-old has started this season majestically with three goals and three assists in just five Championship appearances.
Clearly, the former England youth international is slowly but surely beginning to showcase his talents and fulfil his potential, which is why several sides, including Rodgers’ Celtic, are reportedly keen on a late summer move.
And while Powell may be interested in staying in the Championship, given other interested parties include the likes of Leeds United and Stoke City, the opportunity to turn out for the Scottish giants, and work under someone like Rodgers, could convince him of a move to Celtic Park.
Ultimately, the Bhoys have been re-writing Scottish football history in recent times to suggest that they are one of the best teams to have ever turned out north of the border, with former Liverpool chief Rodgers taking an already dominant club even further ahead of their nearest rivals – who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
Add in the fact that Rodgers has proven throughout his managerial career that he is willing to give young players a chance, alongside the likelihood that Celtic will be playing in Europe every season, and Powell could seriously flourish and continue improving as an attacker were he to move to Parkhead.
Thus, while there is much interest in his services, the lure of Celtic and Rodgers could be enough to convince the 24-year-old of a move north of the border.
Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!