Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell is reportedly closing in on a loan move to Leicester City.
The attacking midfielder was tipped for big things following his £3million move from Crewe Alexandra in 2012.
That transfer fee could potentially rise to £6million in due course, but for now the 20-year-old has a potentially make-or-break season if the move to the Foxes does go through.
Powell enjoyed a fine loan spell at Wigan Athletic last year, but injuries and a dip in form meant that it was a tale of two halves, with all but two of his 13 goals (and all three of his assists) coming before mid-January.
Some Latics fans even turned on Powell during the second half of the season when Wigan’s form – and that of their young star – dipped. And although he is still young, he will have seen what has happened to Wilfried Zaha at United and not want to suffer the same fate.
Of course both players could ultimately make it at the club given their age and their talent, but Louis van Gaal will want to be sure Powell can perform in the top flight, which is why a move to Leicester makes perfect sense at this stage in his career.
If Powell can replicate his goal-scoring form from last season in the Premier League, van Gaal will surely sit up and take notice. But he must ensure he influences games on a more consistent basis and improves his basic skills as well as his undeniable goal-scoring ones.
Powell is on the verge of his break-out, but it is up to him if he can achieve that at United or if he becomes the latest young player to be rebranded a nearly-man at Old Trafford.