Crewe Alexandra have been producing, and subsequently losing talented youngsters for decades. Dario Gradi set up one of the most successful academies in the world during his long tenure at the club. The latest prodigy, Nick Powell, to emerge has been scouted all season by Arsenal, Tottenham and Man United. Despite rumours that Powell will be moving to Old Trafford, do deal has been done as yet and Arsene Wenger could step in at the last minute and bring the player to the Emirates.
Reports in the press this week suggested that Powell was almost a Manchester United player, but Crewe manager Steve Davis has told reporters “at the moment it’s just speculation.” Crewe are involved in the league two play-off final tomorrow and the manager obviously wants his talented midfielder fully focused.
Powell has been a key part of Crewe’s season, scoring 15 goals from midfield and receiving plaudits from all who have seen him play. Perhaps Fergie has left it too late, as Arsene Wenger is now keen to talk to the player and his record with young players is second to none. Crewe value Powell at around £4 million so it will not be a bidding war, more a matter of who can impress Powell the most.
Wenger has been pro-active in signing young English talent for some time, so could Powell be another perfect home-grown addition to Arsenal?