Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle believes Nick Powell's talents match those of his compatriots Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere.

Powell joined the Latics on a sesaon-long loan in August and has since impressed at the DW Stadium, most notably his brace in the Europa League win against NK Maribor.

Powell struggled to break in the Manchester United's first team last season after moving to Old Trafford from Crewe Alexandra in a £6m deal.

A succession on injuries saw his playing time limited under Sir Alex Ferguson but is showing his talent for the Championship outfit.

Coyle, who also helped to launch the careers of Wilshere and Sturridge whilst manager of Bolton, has back Powell to go down the same path as the English pair.

He told reporters: “I don’t see why he can’t have as successful a career as both of those lads are destined to have. He’s got all the attributes.”

Wilshere was loaned out to Bolton in January 2010 where he played 14 times under Coyle. Upon his return to the Emirates stadium, Wilshere was immediately drafted in to Arsenal's first team.

Similarly Sturridge joined on loan from Chelsea in the 2010/11 season, scoring eight goals in 12 games in a wholly impressive six month spell.

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