Scott Sinclair is reportedly close to leaving Manchester City after a disappointing single season on the blue side of Manchester.
He quietly arrived in August 2012 after indicating to former club Swansea City that he wanted to leave. From the start, it appeared to be a move that would not work out for the young English winger.
Perhaps the most glaring issue was that former City manager Roberto Mancini had just sold Adam Johnson to Sunderland. By most accounts, Johnson is a very talented player who has just lost form and confidence. He has scored some cracking goals in his time at Middlesbrough, City and on the few occasions that he has donned an England shirt.
At one point, he seemed like the answer to England’s inconsistency in the wide areas. He may still make a national team comeback if he can hold down a starting place at Sunderland under Paolo Di Canio and prove that he is capable of consistent top level football.
So, City were selling Adam Johnson and buying Scott Sinclair. The two appear to be very similar players. They both utilise pace and the odd trick to get round defenders and provide service to attackers who are eagerly waiting in the penalty area.
It therefore seems strange that City saw fit to sell Johnson, only to then buy Sinclair. It was immediately clear that, with Johnson spending a significant amount of time on the bench in his final season at City, Sinclair was likely to spend just as much, if not more, time on the sidelines.
Sinclair has found himself on the one hand playing in every single game of Swansea’s debut Premier League season in 2011/12 to making 11 league appearances at City, mostly from the bench. It is difficult to understand, after his five appearances in four years for Chelsea, that Sinclair would want to sacrifice his position in Michael Laudrup’s young and ambitious team. He would surely give anything to go back and play a part in Swansea’s upcoming season. Their ambition is clear; they have just shelled out £12million on the much-coveted Wilfried Bony.
If he stays at Manchester City, which is unlikely, Scott Sinclair will become even more of a bit-part player. Indeed, new manager Manuel Pellegrini has already spent £15million on winger Jesus Navas, a regular Spain international.
There are also a number of young and ambitious players in City’s youth team, players who have had an awful lot of money spent on them. Additionally, David Silva is virtually guaranteed the other wide position in Pellegrini’s new team and James Milner is a famously hard-working player who may be preferred over Sinclair to make a substitute appearance.
Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Scott Sinclair and for the sake of his career, let's hope he can seal a move away from the City bench.
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