Whatever he told us, Powell wasn't playing as a number 8 when we were smashing teams at the back end of last season. He was constantly in the final third and close to the striker. Maybe he wasn't instructed to, I don't know, but he wasn't playing in a deep midfield role, he was in an advanced role.
Number 8? That's a new one on me. A 10 (like Powell) I understand. But an 8 - what's that? Do DMs (e.g. Cousins) and 'all-rounders' (e.g. Allen) have recognised numbers now?
All positions have recognised numbers. If you’re old enough to remember them of course 😉