Leicester star impressed with Manchester United's Nick Powell

Leicester City

Nick Powell scored his first goal for Leicester in a 3-2 friendly victory over Aston Villa.

Powell completed a season-long loan switch to the King Power Stadium on September 2, but has yet to make his debut for the Foxes.

A lack of match fitness, as well as the impressive start that Nigel Pearson’s men have enjoyed, has seen Powell restricted to non-competitive fixtures, and it was in a friendly that he netted his first goal for his new club.

A 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday saw Powell net once, as a squad of both first-team members and development squad members had a work out in the absence of a number of international stars on duty with their respective countries.

One man who completed the full 90 minutes was Matty James, who has made just three substitute appearances for the first-team this season as he recovers from a shin injury suffered in pre-season. The former Manchester Untied man moved to the King Power in 2012, and has established himself as a key part of the Foxes set-up, and he was pleased to take another step on his road to recovery.

He told the official Leicester website: “It was a good run out for the lads who aren’t playing much at the moment or not getting in the squad.

“It gives you a chance to get 90 minutes under your belt.

“I thought the enthusiasm and effort shown by both teams was very good – it was a worthwhile game.

“You could be called on at any time – there could be injuries and that’s why we have such a big squad.

“You need to be ready and to play the full 90 minutes today is a great thing to be doing while there’s an opportunity to do that.”

Despite playing with a number of development squad players, James was impressed with the performance put in - but he had special praise for Powell.

He said of the man who joined the Red Devils two-months after he departed: “Playing against tough opposition is always good for them.

“Our work rate was fantastic. I think the effort from all the players was really good.

“Powelly showed great work rate and I’m glad he got his goal.

“He’s just got to keep working hard and hopefully he’ll start scoring goals in the first team.”

With a weeks break until the return of the Premier League, Powell will be hoping he has returned to fitness enough to claim a place in Nigel Pearson’s first team - with a trip to Newcastle United first up on October 18.

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