The names 'youth talent' and 'future star' get thrown about so much in football nowadays, the phrases have lost their meaning. 

Just to recap, a future star is someone who plays a good level of football, acts intelligent on the pitch and has a good foundation to build technique. Nick Powell seems to fit that bill.

After making the move to Manchester United in July of last year, the England-born midfielder didn't make many headlines. But at his previous club, Crewe, he was a celebrity.

He signed on at the Alexandra Stadium at the tender age of five, and 11 years later he made his senior debut. A little over a year later he scored his first goal, and not his last by any stretch.

Powell went on to become Crewe's top goalscorer that season, with 16 goals in all competitions. Not bad for an 18-year-old midfielder in his second season of playing professional football.

Before making a move to Sir Alex Ferguson's side, Powell gave one final gift to the Alex fans, scoring a volley from outside of the box in the League 2 play-off final. 

Crewe went on to win 2-0 and gained promotion, and Powell received plaudits from far and wide for his beautiful goal in the most important of circumstances.

Winning the best player award at Crewe, becoming top goalscorer for his former club and scoring on his debut for Manchester United, it hasn't been a bad 2012 for England's latest wondered. 

Concerns arise though, as a lack of first-team games may stunt his growth as a footballer. Perhaps Powell will be loaned out to continue his development?

One thing is for sure, he's already proven that he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level, and Manchester United have a gem of a player in the former Crewe starlet.


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