Scott Sinclair’s departure to warm the bench at the Etihad Stadium has not caused wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst the Liberty faithful. Why?
Well, the one-time talisman had surely lost his lustre. If we’re honest, his stardom had reached its zenith in the playoff final victory and hat-trick against Reading in May of last year. True, there were several moments of real allure to the debut EPL season, but as teams—like Everton, Aston Villa and others—began to "work him out." His bite in front of the goal seemed a lot less ferocious than his bark in the lineup with the vast majority of his goals from Christmas and on came via the penalty spot.
So, with Scott on the pay roll of Abu Dhabi, not Abertawe, and a season’s work to be done for the Swans, who could, and should, fill the Sinclair role?
- Victor Moses
The Wigan wide-man illuminated their push to EPL safety last year under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez who instilled into him the need to enliven a team rather than perform as an individual – the results are a matter of record. Now he’s been heavily linked with Chelsea, but would an emerging talent like his be content sitting in line behind the Hazard brothers, Juan Mata and a wide-man Daniel Sturridge? A Martinez-fostered acquisition such as him would fit effortlessly into the Swansea ethos and provide high-octane excitement for the Liberty Stadium crowd.
2. Nabil El Zhar
Of Levante, the former Liverpool wide-man may seem an oblique kind of choice, but any observer of La Liga will surely have found his progress and contribution impressive as the unfancied side made a significant impact. The Moroccan’s pace off the flanks and eye for goal make him an outstanding property—and with Laudrup’s Spanish connections, who knows…he might be the real deal; or the Levante deal anyway.
3. Marvin Emnes
Not too much needs saying about the Middlesborough wide-man following his all-too-brief, but nonetheless, memorable month on loan at the Liberty Stadium under Brendan Rodgers. The weekly pleasure he gave turned to permanent ecstasy for the Jack Army when he attained cult hero status with his goal in the one-nil away win at Cardiff. He’d been frozen out at Middlesborough before the arrival of Tony Mowbray, but even that renewed lease of life may now be running its course, and an Emnes return would be an instant guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Sinclair’s satnav being programmed ready for Manchester means an even brighter star is heading in Laudrup’s direction to shine on the Swansea flanks.