When Scott Sinclair left Swansea for Manchester City there were few people apart from – one hopes – Sinclair himself and most certainly his agent that believed it to be a good move for the winger. After a monastically quiet campaign for the Citizens last term West Brom have revived their interest in his services and now is the time for him to get real, get games and begin proving himself a fine player once more.
Recent days have seen Sinclair amusing himself with rekindling the flames of his relationship with former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan – amongst other commitments such as training – after not being included on City’s pre-season trip to Helsinki, making a move away appear imminent.
Albion – 4/5 to finish above Midlands rivals Aston Villa in 2013/14 – are thought to prefer a loan move with a view to a permanent deal, but his current employers favour a permanent switch for a price in the region of £6m.
The Telegraph suggest Baggies boss Steve Clarke is keen to bring in Sinclair before his side’s first game of the season against Southampton – for which they are 9/4 favourites – and a permanent move to a side where he is wanted could be just what the doctor ordered for both the player and his new employers.
Sinclair has led a nomadic career since making his league debut for Bristol Rovers aged 15 years and 277 days – playing first team football in the colours of 10 different clubs, despite still being just 24 – and it’s hardly surprising to see that the finest spell in his career came during his Swansea sojourn, when he scored 28 goals in 82 league games.
Last term Chris Brunt was largely employed on the left of the penultimate line of WBA’s 4-2-3-1 configuration and the signing of the ex-Bristol Rovers trainee would enable the Baggies’ captain to move inside where he can influence play more, having bagged just two goals and four assists.
Sinclair’s pace and directness on the left of a 4-3-3 at the Hawthorns would add some much needed raw energy to Steve Clarke’s attack – which looks set to be spearheaded by the 34-year-old Nicolas Anelka this term – whilst having notched eight times in a top flight season for Swansea he’ll up their goal-threat as well.