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Exclusive: Stephen Warnock speaks highly of 25-year-old amid reported interest from Leeds and Celtic

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After yet another hugely impressive season individually, Wigan Athletic’s Nick Powell is bound to be a man seriously in demand over the course of the summer.

The playmaker was influential in the Latics’ promotion from League One last season, and has since carried his form across over to the Championship this season.

The 25-year-old has been crucial for Paul Cook’s side in avoiding the drop this season, scoring seven goals and producing six assists from attacking midfield.

The Lancashire club will find it difficult to keep hold of the former Manchester United man beyond this campaign, not only because of his contract set to run out at the end of the season, but with the likes of Leeds United, Celtic, Rangers, Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday all reportedly looking to sign him for a bargain deal.

So, what next for Powell? Where would be the best move for him?

We exclusively caught up with Stephen Warnock, a man who will know the player well following their time at the DW Stadium.

The EFL on Quest pundit said: “He’s arguably one of the best talents I’ve ever played with. The ability he has and the things he can do on a football pitch, other players just simply can’t do. He not only sees passes, but he executes them too.

“If Leeds and Norwich go up, then he’ll be looking to go up with them. Norwich look to be up already, and a move to Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa would be very appealing for him.

“The big thing for Nick is staying fit, if he can get a team of people around him at a club who look after him and wrap him in cotton wool when he needs it, then he is an asset for anyone. It’s no surprise that teams are wanting him.

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“If he looks back at the end of his career and sees that he’s won a few Scottish Premiership titles, it’s great to say that he’s won championships and played at huge, huge clubs.

“On the other hand, though, is the quality of the SPFL enough to make you happy? If you go to the Premier League, barring a couple of teams like AFC Bournemouth, every ground has 20,000 people in, if not more.

“You’re playing against the best players in world football – are you going to be testing yourself as much in Scotland? For me, I think he’s more than capable of playing Premier League football, and taking it by storm.”


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