West Ham midfielder Joe Powell has been sent out on loan to Northampton Town, the club’s official website has confirmed.
League Two side Northampton have added Powell to their squad for the remainder of the season. And West Ham fans will hope he can continue his development there.
Joe Powell at West Ham
Powell has been in excellent form for West Ham’s under-23 side this season, managing seven goals and six assists in 12 Premier League 2 matches.
The local boy was handed his first-team debut earlier this season, picking up two assists against Macclesfield Town in the EFL Cup.
This will be Powell’s first loan stint away from The London Stadium as he hopes to kick on and stake a claim for next season.
Where does he fit in at Northampton?
Keith Curle’s Northampton side play a 3-5-2 formation and Powell can slot into several positions in this system.
The 20-year-old is predominantly an attacking midfielder but he has played at full-back before so Curle might see him as a wing-back.
Alternatively, the left-footed midfield playmaker could featured in midfielder for the Cobblers.
Ex-West Ham players wish Powell luck
Three former Hammers have taken to Twitter to wish Powell luck with his loan spell away from East London.
Ex-first-team regulars Paul Konchesky (left-back) and Carlton Cole (striker) have congratulated him on the move.
And former academy striker Paul McCallum, who never played a senior game and is now at Eastleigh, messaged him about his biceps.
Yes mate. 💪🏾⚒
— Carlton Cole (@CarltonCole1) January 22, 2019
Why you pushing on your biceps ???
— 𝓟𝓪𝓾𝓵 𝓜𝓬𝓒𝓪𝓵𝓵𝓾𝓶 (@PaulMcCallum45) January 21, 2019
Congrats m8! Go show people what u can do m8!
Be there sat watching u 👀👀👀
— Paul konchesky (@konch3) January 21, 2019
And here are what West Ham fans are saying about Powell’s loan exit.
All the best Joe. First team squad soon mate
— ⚒️Sir Anyoldiron CBE⚒️ (@Anyoldiron2) January 21, 2019
Very good talent! Good signing
— 父 Scott Barnard™ 父 (@barnard_15) January 21, 2019
Good luck @JoePowell_10 you do great mate hope you score many goals mate
— robert (@FraggleRobert) January 22, 2019
Best of luck Joe hope to see you in claret and blue next season!!!
— Joel Guy ⚒ (@Joel_guy_89) January 22, 2019
Good luck, come back and force yourself into the first team next season
— Kevin Worboys (@kevin_worboys) January 22, 2019
Good luck joe hope you have a wonderful time and gain some valuate experience which will push you towards the West Ham 1st team in the future ⚒⚒
— nev (@madhammer40) January 21, 2019