Joe Powell has admitted that he can do better after West Ham’s U23 team were beaten by Wolfsburg B, whufc.com reports.
The young Hammers lost 3-2 against an in-form Wolfsburg B team. The game was tied at 2-2 until the final moments when Wolfsburg found a winner. But despite his own criticism, Powell played a big role for West Ham.
Powell opened the scoring in the match as his free-kick evaded everyone and found its way into the net. The 21-year-old then provided an assist to make it 2-2. It was another free-kick and this time he found Anthony Scully, who volleyed in.
Joe Powell on his performance
Despite coming up with a goal and an assist, Powell was frustrated by his own performance. Reflecting on the game, Powell felt he could have produced better end product.
Powell told West Ham’s official website: “There were certain things throughout the game I think I could’ve done better personally. My final pass, which is normally the thing I’m best at, wasn’t particularly strong today – but an assist and a goal, I’ll take it.”
What next for Joe Powell?
Powell is highly-rated by the club but he is out of contract at the end of the season. The left-footed starlet has been one of the most consistent performers in the U21 team and perhaps deserves an extension.
Last season, he spent time on loan with League Two side Northampton Town, where he showed his talent. In January, he could head out on loan again but it needs to be to a Championship club if he wants to prove himself to West Ham.
Alternatively, Manuel Pellegrini could promote him before January. West Ham’s first-team is struggling for form and Powell is playing well. The critique of his own game shows a willingness to learn and a desire to push for first-team chances.