Phillips backs Powell for the top

Mon, 28 May 15:12:12 2012

Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips believes Nick Powell is destined for the very top of English football.

England Under-18 international Powell illuminated Sunday's npower League Two play-off final against Cheltenham with a sumptuous turn and shot to open the scoring and set Alex on their way to a 2-0 victory.

Manchester United reportedly lead a clutch of top-flight clubs chasing his signature, with some well-placed observers lauding the 18-year-old forward as the finest product to come out of Crewe's famed youth system.

England internationals David Platt, Danny Murphy and Dean Ashton are among those to have learnt their trade at Gresty Road and nine of Steve Davis' triumphant Wembley XI were graduates of that same academy. Phillips, a 34-year-old veteran and ever-present for the Railwaymen this season, is one of the hired hands and has little doubt over Powell's potential.

"He's as good as I've seen at his age by an absolute country mile," said the 34-year-old. "Sometimes he needs to do it more in training - I'm not going to say he's the finished article by a long way, but he is an astonishing talent.

"Everybody will talk about that goal for years and years and rightly so because if it was in the Nou Camp he'd be worth £30million. He'll end up playing at one of the very, very highest clubs in England. Maybe this year, and if not this summer then at some stage, that's for sure."


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