Nick Powell has revealed how he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Tom Cleverley, in making a big impression whilst on loan at Wigan Athletic.
Cleverley made 25 league appearances for Latics during the 2010/11 season before returning to Manchester United where he has since become a first team regular and a full England international.
Powell told Latics Player how a quick chat with Cleverley convinced him that the DW Stadium would be the perfect place to take his development onto the next level.
He said: “I spoke to Clevs before I came here and he told me how great his time at Wigan Athletic was and how it helped his development.
“Hopefully I can follow his example and return to Manchester United after a successful season here and as a better player.
“I’ve got good memories already of playing against Wigan Athletic, after scoring on my debut at Old Trafford last season, but hopefully this season I can bag a few more goals for Wigan Athletic and show everyone what I can do.
“I spent over ten years at Crewe and they moulded me into the player I am today. I would say I’m a goalscorer, an attacking midfielder who loves to get forward and make things happen; hopefully I can bring that out here at Wigan Athletic.
“I also spoke with David Moyes and we both agreed that I needed more game-time which was the only thing missing from last season, so hopefully I can get that here and do the business for Wigan Athletic.
“You always need experience if you’re going to become a better player, no matter what division that might be in. I’ve played in the Premier League with Manchester United and League One with Crewe Alexandra, and now I’m getting a taste of the Championship where I hope to prove myself.”
Arriving at Christopher Park after international duty this week, the 19-year-old says he’s ready to push for a place in the team ahead of this weekend’s trip to Leicester City and help make a pre-season prediction come true:
“I’ve had a little wait to join up with my new team mates, but now I’m back from international duty I’m raring to go and looking forward to the season ahead.
“I challenge for my place in the team every day of every week; we’ve got a tough game against Leicester this weekend so hopefully I can get a chance on the day and go from there.
“Before I came here I had Wigan down as one of the teams to win promotion back to the Premier League, and I want to try and help the club achieve that.”