When Scott Sinclair moved to Manchester City in the summer, it was supposed to be his big break after impressing in Swansea’s first season in the Premier League and also this summer with Team GB.
He was signed by Roberto Mancini to replace Adam Johnson, as the England international left Etihad Stadium to join Sunderland.
Sinclair, who failed to make the grade at Chelsea when he was younger, joined another revolution within the Premier League.
So is Scott Sinclair right for Manchester City? Or, more importantly, is Manchester City right for Scott Sinclair?
Firstly, Scott Sinclair is probably right for Manchester City.
He is a pacey winger who plays on the left-hand side of midfield and he can beat a player.
As said previously, he was signed as a replacement for Adam Johnson, but he is a completely different player and offers something a little different.
Johnson has the ability to beat players for fun and is a proper old-fashioned winger who gets to the by-line and crosses the ball.
Sinclair offers something that no other attacking Manchester City player can and that is raw pace; in games where City struggle to break down defensive sides, his pace could become invaluable.
I would describe Scott Sinclair as a poor man’s Theo Walcott. He is an option for Manchester City; he could be their trump card.
If he could take up a role similar to Walcott’s at Arsenal at the moment and become a super-sub, using his pace to scare tiring defenders stiff, then he could become a real asset to Mancini.
The other question though is a little more difficult to answer.
Is Manchester City the right club for Scott Sinclair?
After a couple of seasons of consistent game time with Swansea, he has developed as a player who can comfortably play in the Premier League.
The worry is, though, that at City, Sinclair’s career stagnates and he wastes another couple of years warming a bench.
He is a young player who was on the brink of the England squad towards the end of last season.
He was playing in City’s Elite Development Squad game against a Wolves reserve side on Tuesday, where he incidentally scored a penalty in a 1-1 draw.
It’s a fall from grace for a player who made a real impression in his first full season playing in England’s top league.
With the ability of the current Manchester City squad, Sinclair is not going to have a regular run in the first-team. The likes of Samir Nasri and David Silva are on a completely different level to him.
He could be a replacement for Johnson in the truest sense—a bench warmer who strives for game time, but ultimately fall a little short each time.
The worry is that he becomes a Shaun Wright-Phillips sort of figure, to the point where he fails to make an impact on successful sides and he can’t make the step to the elite level.
Only the future will tell us what the outcome to these questions will be.
What do you think the future holds for Scott Sinclair?