Aston Villa fans make feelings clear about links with Nick Powell

Aston Villa fans look dejected during the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England.

Nick Powell's form at League One Wigan Athletic has attracted the attention of Championship hopefuls Aston Villa.

Nick Powell of Wigan Athletic and Adam Smith of AFC Bournemouth in action during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Wigan Athletic at Vitality Stadium on...

Nick Powell was tipped for great things when swapping Crewe Alexandra for Manchester United back in the summer of 2012.

Six years later, however, the fact that he is playing for Wigan Athletic in the third tier of English football should make it clear that the player once compared to Eric Cantona and Wayne Rooney by his former Crewe boss Dario Gradi (talkSPORT) has not quite lived up to such lofty expectations.

Although according to the Sun (4 March, page 63), Powell’s excellent form in League One this season could give him the chance to make that step up the footballing ladder once again.

Nick Powell of Wigan Athletic runs with the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Wigan Athletic and West Ham United on January 27, 2018 in Wigan, United Kingdom.

It is understood that Brighton are preparing a £5 million bid for a player they failed to sign in January, while Celtic are also keen after Powell helped Wigan become favourites for the League One title and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Yet it is renewed links with Aston Villa that have the fans talking. Steve Bruce knows Powell well, having coached him during a loan spell at Hull City, while his 12 goals in 33 games would provide further firepower to a Villa side not exactly blessed with prolific marksmen.

Nick Powell of Hull City walks with his head bandaged after a clash of heads with Per Mertesacker of Arsenal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Replay match between Hull City and...

That said, Villa fans have their concerns. There is a reason Powell is playing in League One these days and Villa already have a brilliant number ten coming through the ranks by the name of Callum O’Hare.

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