Earlier this month I wrote an article asking where Manchester United’s Nick Powell will be playing next season.
Wherever it was, it seemed unlikely to be at Old Trafford. Having joined from Crewe in the summer, he has played only 234 minutes of football for the club who could ultimately pay £6million for his services.
With the arrival of David Moyes it is yet to be seen who he will promote to the first team and who he will cast aside. But at only 19, and with so little Premier League experience behind him, it seems likely Powell will go on loan next season.
And while perhaps the most obvious suggestion is that he spends a year at Goodison Park – either as a softener for any move for Marouane Fellaini or as a leaving present – the club he should temporarily play for is newly-promoted Hull City.
Steve Bruce’s side have profited considerably from Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in recent years, purchasing three of their outstanding young talents in James Chester, Robbie Brady and Corry Evans, and borrowing goalkeeper Ben Amos earlier this season.
Former United players Cameron Stewart and Paul McShane are also on Hull’s books.
With Ferguson soon to depart, that relationship may not be as strong as it was. And yet Moyes would do well to send Powell to the KC Stadium. Under Bruce, Hull play some impressive attacking football, and it is a system in which the young United midfielder could thrive.
And in any discussions between the two clubs, Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez could do far worse than make the same move.
When he joined Wigan in January, it seemed perfect for all parties. The striker had joined United with a big reputation, and despite not breaking into the first team, his move to the DW Stadium left both sets of supporters with high expectations.
When he scored on his debut for the Latics those hopes soared. And yet he has made only two more substitute appearances in the league, his time there spent predominantly on a bench not dissimilar to the one at Old Trafford.
With so much competition at United it is likely Henriquez will be sent back out on loan next season. But this time to a club that will appreciate him. Hull could just be that club.
They will need considerable reinforcements before next season, and Powell and Henriquez could begin that drive, bringing youth, creativity and undeniable talent to the Tigers.
The likes of Brady and Sone Aluko have that in abundance, but Bruce will know you can never have enough of it.
Perhaps, knowing that Ferguson will soon be leaving, he has already made the call.
Where do you think Powell and Henriquez will be playing next season? And how long before either player breaks into the United first team?
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