That would be the only senior opportunity that the East End lad would get and it’s not like he didn’t take advantage of it either, grabbing himself two assists in an exciting cameo on the night – you may also remember Grady Diangana’s performance on that evening.
Powell had been at the club since he was eight and impressed throughout at youth level, especially in the under-23s where he registered 14 goals and 13 assists in 64 appearances in the Premier League 2.
Based on this, the decision seems baffling and fans are certainly not happy to see the back of the versatile talent…
Another stupid decision made by selling him…A proper young talent that so desperately wanted to play for us. Good luck with your future @JoePowell_10, show them what you can do! ⚒️
Shocking decision. West Ham way though…! 😡🤦♂️
— Ryan Packham (@RPacks) January 14, 2020
Gutted he has gone but wish him all the best in his career and left to see him work his way back up to the top.
— Mark (@RampantPedro) January 14, 2020
Very shocked , our best youth player . One we will regret selling , also left footed ,the club have really done me this time .
— HammerTone⚒️ (@tone_hammer) January 14, 2020
West Ham are supposed to be The Academy of Football – how can we call ourselves this when so many of our youth team players, all with huge talent and potential, very seldom get given the chance they deserve with the first team before they are deemed not good enough and sold?!
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) January 14, 2020
Joe so gutted you didn’t really get a chance in the first team. But rest assured this is a decision that will come back to haunt us a club
— James (@Mr_Tweeter77) January 14, 2020
Wish it wasn’t Permanent😢 but wish you the best Joe⚒👏
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) January 14, 2020
Good luck, Joe! ⚒
— Aslan ⚒ (@Neoaves__) January 14, 2020
What an absolute shame wasn’t given a chance to shine make a huge success out of it Joe you deserve to play proper men’s football now all the best mate 🔥⚒
— West Ham Ironess (@IronessWest) January 14, 2020