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The Whelan family has sold Wigan Athletic and the new owners have already set out a list of top priorities for the club. One of those is extending the contract of their playmaker Nick Powell who has entered in the final year of his contract after earlier reports suggested that the player had rejected a new deal last month.

Leeds United were one of the teams who were linked with him in the summer along with Scottish giants Celtic. The fact that Powell had rejected a contract earlier would have made the Whites excited about a possible move in January. However, they are in for a big blow as the new owners clearly want to keep hold of their best talents at the DW Stadium.

Powell can be a significant difference maker in the final third, and we are strong advocates of United returning to this summer target in January. The former Manchester United playmaker reads the game well, and his intelligence in the final third is one of his major assets. He likes to play in between the pocket of space between the midfield and defence line, and he has the ability to open up defences.

That is something which the Whites have lacked off late as they are dominating their games, but not able to create that special moment in the final third. Someone like Samuel Saiz has been well below par in the past month or so, and as a result, Bielsa had to drop him from the squad

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