Leicester City (@OfficialFOXES) September 2, 2014
Nick Powell has been pictured with a Leicester shirt for the first team since sealing his season-long loan move from Manchester United.
Powell, 20, has made just seven first-team appearances for United since sealing a £3 million switch from Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 2012, having netted 16 times in 45 games for the then-League Two side during the 2011-12 campaign.
Considered one of England’s brightest prospects at the time, he has struggled to establish himself at the club since, however, spending last season out on loan at Wigan Athletic in the Championship, where he impressed with a record of 12 goals in 42 matches for Uwe Rosler’s side.
Nevertheless, despite starting in last week’s shock 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons, the promising midfielder again finds himself on the fringes under new manager Louis van Gaal, and needing first-team minutes elsewhere to keep his development on track.
A return to the second-tier with Stuart Pearce’s Nottingham Forest had been rumoured earlier this month, but instead Powell will get the chance to experience regular Premier League football under Nigel Pearson.
With United teammate Tom Lawrence also joining the Foxes on a permanent deal, the pair became the latest Old Trafford products to make the move to the east midlands club in recent times, following in the footsteps of current squad members Ritchie De Laet, Danny Drinkwater and Matty James, who all played pivotal roles in last season's promotion-winning side.
Having been tipped to replace Paul Scholes at United upon his arrival, Powell will be hoping to experience a similar renaissance at Leicester, as he bids to prove that the initial excitement surrounding his 2012 signing was indeed warranted.