Why Brighton should go all out to sign Nick Powell in January
According to the Scotsman, Celtic and Brighton are interested in Wigan Athletic star Nick Powell. Powell, 24, has really impressed since joining Wigan and has also notched up four goals and three assists in seven league games in the Championship this term.
However, Powell is out of contract next summer and talks over a new deal have stalled. Brighton are planning a move for the midfielder in January but they could face competition from Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, adds the report.
As Powell is out of contract at the end of the campaign, he could be available in a cut-price deal in January as Wigan can’t afford to lose him for free if they fail to agree to a new contract with him. Considering Powell’s current contract situation, Brighton must try beating Celtic to the signature of the player in January.
Powell made his debut for Crewe Alexandra at the age of 16, before signing for Manchester United in 2012. However, he failed to break into United’s first-team amidst stiff competition and spent most of his time away on loan.
Failure to make the grade at Old Trafford saw United release Powell in 2016 and he went onto join Wigan on a free transfer, signing a three-year contract. The 24-year-old has managed to revive his career at Wigan and has finally shown signs of fulfilling his potential which he simply failed to do at United.
Powell was an instrumental figure in Wigan’s League One title-winning campaign last season, hitting 15 goals in all competitions and helping them secure promotion to the Championship. This could be the perfect time for the 24-year-old to take the next big step in his career.
Although Celtic are keen on Powell, Brighton must do everything in their powers to lure him away to the Amex Stadium in January. His goalscoring ability from the midfield would be vital for the Seagulls.
Hughton has the likes of Glenn Murray, Pascal Gross, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Jurgen Locadia, Solly March and Anthony Knockaert in his attacking ranks but having a player of Powell’s calibre will make Brighton’s attack even more potent.
A player who is in the same mould as Gross, Powell is known for his technical abilities, vision and his knack for scoring goals. An excellent passer of the ball, the ex-United man can carve open defences with his creativity and imagination, whilst he can also come up with the spectacular on his day.
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Brighton have started the new season brightly and adding another creative attacker in January won’t do much harm to Hughton. Powell’s potential arrival would add more quality and depth to Hughton’s forward line and would also help them push for a top-10 finish.