Date: 17th April 2019 at 8:08am
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Norwich City are one of a number of clubs being linked with Wigan Athletic’s Nick Powell according to TeamTalk and reported here by the EDP.

The 25-year-old midfielder could be available on a free transfer this summer after he, according to TeamTalk, turned down the offer of a new contract with the Latics.

Also Linked To Powell by TeamTalk are Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, RB Leipzig, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Besiktas.

Powell has some pedigree behind him, having joined Manchester United from Crewe in 2012 and he spent four years there but was unable to make the step up to first-team regular, which is no easy task at Old Trafford.

He has scored seven goals and provided seven assists in 28 appearances this season and would seem to fit the age criteria for City, as well as being free.

If I’m being brutally honest, I’m not sure that he’s better than what we already have in his position and surely a tilt at Premier League survival requires a bit more, don’t you think?

Talking of Premier League survival, we haven’t even been promoted yet but that could change this weekend.

City play Sheffield Wednesday at home on Good Friday and Stoke away on Easter Monday. If they match Sheffield United’s results over those two games then they will be promoted and that is still the first target.

The Canaries could be promoted as early as Friday should the Blades lose to Nottingham Forest earlier in the day and City beat Wednesday in the late kick-off. We are, of course, guaranteed a play-off finish already but nobody wants that as we’ve come this far.

The Blades will be without Billy Sharp and Chris Basham (both hamstring) and John Egan (suspended) for the Forest game with Sharp and Basham both serious doubts for the remaining four league games of the season.

Egan was sent off for punching a shot off the line against Millwall on Saturday and whilst that is certain to be at least a one-game suspension, it could be worse with the full back possibly getting a three-game ban.

Losing three such important players will test the Sheffield United squad to its limits and let’s be honest, it should help us out a bit too.

OTBC

 
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