Caldwell swoops to Nick ace Powell!

David Sharpe and Nick Powell
David Sharpe and Nick Powell

Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell is celebrating landing his top transfer target after securing the signature of Nick Powell following his release from Manchester United.

The 22-year-old returns to the DW after a two-year absence, having spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at the DW Stadium.

Although he struggled during the second half of that season under Uwe Rosler, his form until Christmas was as good as anyone in the Championship.

And having been a team-mate of Powell’s back then, Caldwell is adamant he can help the player get back to his best in familiar surroundings.

“Nick is a quality player,” said Caldwell. “He’s the one player we wanted to get this summer, and we are so happy we’ve got him.

“When I played with him, he was the best 19-year-old I’d ever played with.

“He’s had a frustrating couple of years with injuries and not managing to settle anywhere.

“But we absolutely believe in him, because he’s a special player with the talent to get a stadium to its feet.

“He is still very young and has got so much more to give the game.

“We are delighted he can continue his progress with us.”

It’s only four years since United paid £6million to land the-then 18-year-old Powell from Crewe Alexandra.

He dipped his toe into the first-team water during his debut campaign at Old Trafford - and even scored his maiden Premier League goal against Latics - but fell down the pecking order when Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

After his year with Latics - when he scored the club’s first-ever goal in European football, against Maribor - he was also loaned out to Leicester and Hull, without fulfilling his undoubted potential.

But the Tigers, newly-promoted to the top flight, were keen to keep him, and there was also strong interest from Wolves, only for Latics to win the day.