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Hammer departs for Burton Albion

Hammer Joe Powell has joined Burton Albion from West Ham on a permanent two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old has come through the Academy ranks at the Premier League Club and had his first taste of EFL action on loan at Northampton Town last season.

Powell told Burton’s official website: “Hopefully, I can come here, play some very good football and add to the achievements of the club. I’m here to learn some more, bring the positives from my game and help the club move forward.”

He said: “I’m hard working, box-to-box, very good on the ball and I like to create moments in the game that lead to goals. I’m very good on my set pieces and I will give everything for the team.”

Brewers manager Nigel Clough said: “He’s a young player with a lot of potential. He wants to come out and play first team football and recognises that initially in order do that he needs to drop down. We are delighted he has chosen to come to us. One of the good things about the last 18 months is that the way we play manages to attract players like Joe, Richard Nartey and Nathan Broadhead to come and join us as they like the style we play and feel they can fit in. It’s a very important result of how we are playing.”

The midfielder told WHUFC.com: “I’ll always be thankful to the Club, who helped me get where I am today, and to the fans who have been supportive all the way through my time here. I’ll miss the place for sure.

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12 comments on “Hammer departs for Burton Albion

  1. Madness, madness, madness. Who makes such decisions? Giving away our top und23′ players? For what are we grooming them for? Isn’t it to proudly make the West Ham 1st team? And in the light of our weak performances to date, surely people like Joe and Nathan Holland should have been considered for promotion ages ago. Really West Ham, really. Pathetic. So sad.

  2. What is going on at the club? Why are we selling our young, highly talented midfield players at a time when we’re desperately short in that position?

  3. Of course I’ve seen him. I had the impression you also thought he was good enough. Have you seen him?

  4. Has Moyes seen enough of him to make that decision?

    • We are looking to buy a young box to box player. So why have we sold him. With experience and coaching he could be a top player. Sell him for peanuts and spend millions to replace. I liked him when I have seen him play. Has Moyes seen him??

  5. This news has come as a REAL kick in the pants to me this evening. I CANNOT believe that we have let him go……. I didn’t see this coming! He has been one of the shining lights of our record-breaking U23’s side and him along with Holland and Coventry…. were players that I Fully expected to make the First Team.
    Some of the passes that I have seen him play have been sublime. I wonder if I’m missing something? Because it doesn’t make any sense. What does Westley think about this???
    You’ll come back to haunt us Joe.

  6. Hard to fathom what is going on here.Surely Moyes has nothing to do with this.Only been back a couple of weeks so hardly in a position to make a judgement on arguably one of the top 3 performers in the U23s.Sends out a very negative message to the rest of the team if Powell is deemed not good enough.Hey though it’s a few quid in Sullivan and Golds pockets.

  7. Surely he should get a run in the first team and has to be better than Sanchez and probably has more in the tank than Noble.
    Rice was thrown in and look how he tuned out.
    What is the U23’s for? Crazy

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