Manchester United loanee Nick Powell is poised for an early return to Old Trafford as Leicester City consider ending the midfielder's season-long spell at the King Power Stadium prematurely.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the 20-year-old has failed to make a positive impression on Nigel Pearson, and the Foxes boss is ready to terminate his deal as soon as next month.
The Red Devils actually hold an option to recall Powell in January anyway, and might have opted to do so due to the fact the England U21 international has made just two substitute appearances for the newly-promoted side since joining the club on a temporary basis in September.
Powell has been completely omitted from Leicester's past three matchday squads, which suggests that the Manchester United man does not feature in Pearson's plans moving forward.
Louis van Gaal will probably look to loan the former Crewe Alexandra star out again for the remainder of the campaign, with regular first-team football even more unlikely at Old Trafford given the recent influx of midfielders signed during the summer.
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Powell only has 18 months left on the four-year contract he first signed when Sir Alex Ferguson decided to splash £4 million on a player he likened in playing style to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, and described as an "absolute certainty" to become a full England international in the future.
However, things haven't panned out the way that Ferguson predicted, as Powell's struggles to make an impact in the Premier League continue. His 2013/14 spell at Wigan Athletic was slightly more rewarding, but the talented youngster had been expected to push on again with Leicester this term, and sadly that has not happened.
Van Gaal is considering what to do with a number of different Manchester United fringe players that are currently out on loan with the likes of Nani, Javier Hernandez, Tom Cleverley, Reece James and Michael Keane all facing uncertain futures, even if they are enjoying significantly more successful stints away from the club.