Joe Powell has joined Northampton Town on a loan deal until the end of the season. The 20-year-old is highly regarded in the youth set up at the club. This loan should be looking to push him into the first-team picture come next season.
Powell’s appearance in the Carabao Cup demolition of Macclesfield Town yielded two assists. He set up Grady Diangana twice within just 28 minutes. These briefs flashes of class, albeit against lower class opposition, showed that Powell has that raw talent that this loan spell looks to harness.
It will be Powell’s first loan spell away from the club as he links up with the League Two side. Having seen the success of Diangana and Rice breaking into the first-team, this will be an excellent chance for Powell to continue his development.
He joins the likes of Josh Cullen, Marcus Browne and Vashon Nuefville on loan to teams in the EFL.
Northampton are currently occupying a mid-table berth as they sit 16th in League Two. This lack of major pressure combined with a regular amount of football should allow Powell to ease into his first loan spell away from east London.
Powell is an excellent talent with a strong left foot. He is very technical and it will be interesting to see how he deals with the robust lower league defences. He has a quality set piece on him and this will add to Northampton’s attacking qualities.
First-team football is the next step in Powell’s development. He has been performing well in the youth teams for past couple of seasons. Pellegrini can’t assure him of playing time currently but the Macclesfield performance has put him in the frame for the future.
Powell will now look to score his maiden professional goal. He has already scored seven goals for the under 23s this season and notched a further six assists. There is a very exciting crop of youth players coming through at West Ham, with Joe Powell being one for the future.