And he reckons former Stoke boss Nathan Jones will have been humbled by his miserable time in the Potteries and could be a success second time round at Luton.
Speaking on Quest’s EFL highlights programme, Ashton declared: “Super, super talented, Nick Powell.
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“Obviously it didn’t work out at Manchester United. Wigan loved him, wanted to keep him, but he left.
“Michael O’Neill’s spotted his talent, plays him in the position where he’s strongest and it’s really working.”
And on Jones, after seeing highlights of their 1-1 draw at home to Preston in his first game back as manager at Kenilworth Road, Ashton observed: “He’s been very apologetic about the way he left Luton and he certainly wants to make amends.
“I really feel he will be a little bit humbled by his experience at Stoke City.
“Going in there with a big reputation and it not working out and clearly the players not being onside.
“But there at Luton, he knows he’s got players who’ve worked for him before and he knows he can go in and make a real impact.
“If he keeps them up, they will forgive most things, supporters.”