Scott Sinclair: A Swansea Fan On Manchester City's New Signing

The Citizens are expected to bring in the England hopeful, but how can he further improve the Premier League champions?
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With his celebrity actress girlfriend Helen Flanagan on the verge of sealing her boyfriend Scott Sinclair's move from Swansea City to Manchester City, we yet again wave cheerio to another promising talent that has helped the club on their journey towards attempting to establish the Swans as a Premier League team.

Sinclair was born in Bath, Somerset where he began his footballing career for Bath Arsenal before moving on to signing professional terms with Bristol Rovers. It wasn't long before the lure of the Kings Road big boys saw his talents at a very early stage and Chelsea snapped him up in a deal potentially rising to £750,000.

It's ironically this move that set Sinclair on somewhat of a nomadic lifestyle over the next three-and-a-bit-years seeing him loaned out to Plymouth Argyle, QPR and Birmingham City to name but a few of the teams that the winger graced with his undoubted talent. It was finally in Swansea in 2010 and under the leadership of his ex-Chelsea Youth team coach Brendan Rodgers that Sinclair put down roots and finally realised the potential which secured him his initial move to the then reigning Premier League champions.

It was under Rodgers tutorship that Sinclair truly flourished. Playing on the left wing, Sinclair amassed a whopping 22 goals in his first full season in football, many of them coming from the penalty spot, but having created a fair few of his 12 yard chances himself with his ability to take full backs on and look to cut inside on his favoured right foot.

It was finally in Swansea in 2010 and under the leadership of his ex-Chelsea Youth team coach Brendan Rodgers that Sinclair put down roots

His mazy tight dribbling skills often earned him the title of the best offensive player the Swans have had in their ranks since the days of Swansea City club legend "Sir" Alan Curtis. Blessed with a quick pair of heels and the knack of appearing to have the ball velcroed to his boot, Sinclair took the Championship by storm playing his part in promotion to the Premier League. His stellar season culminating in Scott being the hat trick hero as the Swans triumphed in the play off final.

His imminent move north does come with some reservations; often seen as a linchpin within the Swansea set up he, does run the risk of being on the peripheral of a Manchester City squad blessed with the crème de la crème of footballing talent. Roberto Mancini's team is overflowing with a plethora of talent all vying for a small number of places within the team and the stagnant progress of Adam Johnson can't have gone unnoticed. It's a sign of Scott's self belief though that even with all this competition for places, he is obviously backing himself to make the move and to force his way in to the starting eleven.

But once the Premier League champions show an interest in you, it's hard not to let your eyes wonder at the chance to surround yourself in the company of the like of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany. Even if Scott doesn't break in to the team straight away and it's the player fans most likened him to - Alan Curtis himself said that "last year he wasn’t maybe quite as effective as he was his first year - obviously it was a lot tougher opposition - but he’s been absolutely magnificent," just training with the aforementioned world class stars Scott's game will develop.

With supposedly his best years still in front of him, City fan's can look forward to having a true winger on their books, providing natural width with the ability to run at a defence with quicksilver feet and the knack to arrive at the right place at the right time.

Blessed with a quick pair of heels and the knack of appearing to have the ball velcroed to his boot

Joe Hart will no doubt be the first to welcome Sinclair to the Etihad Stadium having been the man who brought his successful run of scoring 13 penalties in a row to an end since joining the club, during Swansea's 1-0 victory over City in March this year.

Brendan Rodgers last season often persisted with playing his "go to guy" even when suffering a drop in the scintillating form of the previous season with many a shout from the stands that he spend a little time on the bench in an attempt to shake him up and get him to move out of the gears of his comfort zone.

For Sinclair is very much a confidence player, when he's on top of his game he is breathtaking to watch, driving at defenders, taking them on with the unnerving confidence of a player knowing that he is well capable of making a defender look foolish. Off his game- he is a player that can misplace a four yard pass and fail to trap a ball and it is this which highlights the dangers of moving to Mancheser City.

With City's desire to retain their league crown and push on in the Champions League will Sinclair be afforded the arm around the shoulder approach that Rodgers knew that he needed from his Chelsea youth days ?

Having represented England at all levels from U17 to U21 and taking part in the inaugural Team GB football team at the Olympics, his stock is high and he can't be far off the radar of Roy Hodgson and a call up to the full national squad, a move to Manchester would raise his profile and in turn his chances of playing for his country.

At 23 years of age, Sinclair has the footballing world at his feet, idolised at his current club and in the last year of his contract has forced his hand of the board in accepting interest from the Premier Leagues’ numero uno.  He arrived at Swansea having complained about being a bit part player at Chelsea and after a successful two years with the South Wales club looks to be running the risk of trading up and being back to square one in Manchester. If and when Sinclair says "ta-ra" to South Wales, he can leave with his head held high and an enormous sense of pride at what he has achieved personally and what he has helped the club to achieve.

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