League Two’s Crewe Alexandra has a well deserved reputation as being one of the leading clubs in British football when it comes to developing young talent.
Future England internationals David Platt, Rob Jones, Dean Ashton and Danny Murphy all served their football apprenticeship at Gresty Road, not to mention the likes of Robbie Savage and Neil Lennon.
So when Crewe Director of Football Dario Gradi – the man who oversaw the emergence of all the aforementioned stars- praises the club’s young midfielder Nick Powell, you know the player should have a very bright future ahead of him.
The 18 year old Powell has already amassed an impressive 55 appearances for the Railwaymen and can play across the midfield or in attack and is more than capable of beating defenders with his pace and close control.
Powell was named the Football League Young Player of the Month for January and has already attracted the attention of several Premier League clubs.
What’s even more refreshing about Powell is his willingness to improve and much has been made of his ability to keep advancing his already impressive array of talents, with his hunger and dedication to training.
With caps at under 16 and 17 level for England, several goals for the Crewe first team under his belt, not to mention recognition from his peers, there’s every reason to expect Powell to be plying his trade a lot higher than League Two next season.