A player who has played for twelve clubs in his career so far, but has never stayed at one club long enough to play over 100 times, and you could say he hasn’t ever settled in at one club yet except for when he played at Swansea.
This is of course Scott Sinclair, who’s latest challenge is at Aston Villa now after what was a terrible spell at Manchester City where his career ground to an abrupt halt after showing some real promise.
Prior to his big money move to City, he had a fantastic two seasons at Swansea and scored 19 goals in their promotion campaign, including a play-off final hat-trick against Reading.
He then took that form into the Premier League where he scored 8 times in his first full Premier League season, he then rejected a new deal with the Welsh club and moved to Man City for £8m in the summer.
However, in three seasons in Manchester, Sinclair played just 13 league games and found himself warming the bench. His promise just went missing and the move to City was probably the worst move he could of made at that time in his career.
He wasted three years of his career and that was a real shame for Sinclair as he could even be established as an England international by now had he not gone to City. Obviously that is a bold statement but he could well of developed into a quality Premier League player and would have been knocking on the door for England selection surely.
Nevertheless, that is a different story. He made the move and now Villa have given Sinclair a lifeline to get things going again when they signed him from City this summer for a reported £2.5m fee. Unsurprisingly, Sinclair himself now admits that he is now “happy” again and is looking forward to playing regular football this season.
And in his games during a loan spell with Villa last season Sinclair showed some glimpses of his ability, scoring three of goals 12 appearances, including a brilliant curled effort against Leicester City in the FA Cup.
Clearly he convinced manager Tim Sherwood to give him a chance to prove himself and now is the time Sinclair must justify Sherwood’s faith. He looks as though he will be played in an attacking wide role this season – a position that Sinclair is well suited to and it could be a position he thrives in under the attack minded Tim Sherwood.
The Villa number nine is a skilful player, capable of taking players on with his pace. He is a calm finisher in front of goal, too, and is more than capable of getting goals in the Premier League.
Sinclair is a good player and he will show that once he can get a run of games, if Sherwood keeps the former Chelsea man in his side, he will revive his career and get it back on track again to start showing why Man City signed him in the first place.