When Scott Sinclair signed for Manchester City on Deadline Day this summer, he must have thought it was his dream move. After struggling to make an impact on the first team at Chelsea before his successful move to Swansea, 23 year old Sinclair had been granted another chance at one of the biggest clubs in the country. After offloading Adam Johnson to Sunderland only a few days before, Mancini needed a winger and being young and English, Sinclair fitted that bill and looked as if would have plenty of opportunities to impress for the Premier League champions.
After the initial excitement of his move to City, Sinclair’s move doesn’t look like it is materialising into the dream he and the club anticipated. In almost two months of being at the club the winger has played more for the Under 21 side then the first team. Despite only being 23, Sinclair has been around for a number of years and now expects to be playing regular Premier League football and not back in the situation he was in at Chelsea. Sinclair hasn’t played since 25 September when he was dragged off after 58 minutes against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup, this suggests that Sinclair isn’t the kind of player Mancini thought he was.
Sinclair has even struggled to make the bench recently and when David Silva got injured on international duty, he must have thought this was his chance. In the last two games against West Brom and Ajax, Sinclair has made the bench but has sat on it for the entire 90 minutes. Against Ajax, Mancini even opted to change the team’s formation, go to 3 at the back and bringing Kolarov on in the wide position. This was a major contributing factor to the concession of 2 goals and eventual defeat to the Dutch champions.
The lack of trust Mancini has in Sinclair and refusal to use him when necessary seems to point to only one conclusion. Sinclair is very unlikely to have a future at Manchester City but would not be able to move to a new club mid-season as he has already been registered for two clubs this season. This suggests he will at least remain at City until the end of the season and he and Mancini will have to find a way to remain happy with each other until Sinclair either earns the trust of Mancini or can be sold.
If this transfer does turn out to be a mistake by the City management staff it could have been a costly one, with Silva out injured and Nasri extremely inconsistent, there is a lot of pressure on Yaya Toure to create chances for the likes of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. A natural winger or attacking midfielder may then be top of Mancini’s priorities during the January transfer window.
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