The Rise and Fall Of Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair

What a difference a year makes.  One year ago, Scott Sinclair was bombing down the left wings of Swansea City in their first season in the Premier League. There was talk in many circles of a possible England call-up. The former Chelsea winger played on the Great Britain Olympic side, where he scored once in four games and impressed many with his performances. Weeks later he joined Manchester City for a transfer fee of £8 million. Since then, he has practically disappeared off the radar.

Clearly his move to Manchester city was a poor decision, one which I’m sure was motivated by money. Sinclair has moved from guaranteed first team football, being arguably one of Swansea’s best players, to rotting on the bench for Mancini. He has made zero league starts this season, and has played only 113 minutes in his 7 appearances as a sub in league matches. At Swansea last season, he had the second highest number of assists and goals. His lack of playing time has been detrimental to his ability and he needs to leave as soon as possible to have any chance to revive his career.

While Sinclair’s career could be ruined if he doesn’t get out soon, it’s his own fault. By getting in bed with City, he signed a Faustian pact. Not so much signing away his soul, but by signing away any chance of real playing time. He is the new Wayne Bridge of the Etihad, getting paid loads, but not stepping on the turf due to Mancini’s obvious distrust of the winger.

Eleven months ago he was involved in Swansea’s dramatic win over Manchester City in which he nearly scored. Now the closest he gets to the goal is when he gets off the bench and walks past it on the way to the tunnel at full-time. He has come out during his City career and stated he’s happy to wait for his chance. But we’re nearing the end of the season, and it still hasn’t come. Surely it’s time to cut his losses.

What we also can’t forget is this isn’t the first time Scott Sinclair has done this. In 2005, he moved from Bristol Rovers to Chelsea. In four seasons for the Blues, he made 13 appearances and was loaned out to six different clubs. It seems as long as he gets his paycheck, he is prepared to be second best and not get any playing time on the field.

I show no sympathy for the once rising star at Swansea. Many people would love to be a footballer with his ability, but he has thrown it away for money. This brings us to a bigger issue with football culture in general — from players to clubs to agents, it’s now all about the money. I doubt we will ever see the likes of Gerrard again, a player while offered more money has stayed at Anfield his whole career and truly loves the club. With multi-million pound TV deals, players wages soaring over £100,000 a week, football has changed. It’s no longer about playing for your local club, but how you can get the most money. Maybe Scott Sinclair isn’t to blame, but the entire modern football culture is the culprit instead.

15 thoughts on “The Rise and Fall Of Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair”

  1. Maybe he chases the money because he doubts his own ability so he figures let me get all the cash I can. We have seen many a player do this.

  2. I might have agreed with you if you hadn’t declared that you are “sure (his move)was motivated by money.” Unless you have access to him, you can’t be “sure” of anything.

    Furthermore, we all change jobs for more money. Not many people have the luxury of being able to take less money.

    Yes, his move wasn’t a good one for him, but maybe he moved to City because he truly thought he’d contribute to the team winning trophies with the added bonus of picking up a few pounds more per week. Can you blame him?

  3. Sinclair was the most puzzling of City’s summer pickups. A thoroughly dismal haul at relatively great expense (excepting Nastasic, who looks like the real deal.)

    Everyone else – even the largely forgotten Jack Rodwell – got some almost immediate time in the XI. Rodwell and Maicon didn’t stay long due to injuries, but it seemed almost immediately like Mancini never even wanted to make extensive use of Sinclair.

    The guy actually looked incredibly lively and even dangerous as a sub against QPR a few weeks ago, which was surprising given how incredibly little he has been used. And it seems like when he has been on, in general, he’s worked hard and tracked back and done the things you need to be doing.

    No one is even 100% certain what the problem is. One theory is that Mancini didn’t want him, is pissed that the Board (Marwood) signed him, and is refusing to play the guy out of pique. Another is that Sinclair is crap on the training ground.

    Strange. Especially when Nasri has done F-all and “pace through the midfield” is a buring, crying need on the squad. You’d think the option of going to this guy might be explored just a little bit.

    Maybe we’ll see him against Leeds amidst the promised “major shakeup.” I for one would certainly like to see this guy get a shot.

  4. As a Swansea fan, it’s fair to say that Sinclair was a little overhyped last season.

    Whilst it is true that he was an absolute standout for us during our promotion to the Premier League, he didn’t take to top flight football as easily as many people seem to think. Certainly he was outshone for much of the season by Nathan Dyer, who consistently looked more threatening and beat fullbacks than Sinclair did.

    Even in the limited gametime he was allowed, Wayne Routledge looked more at home against the better standard of defenders, and there are many who thought he should have started a lot more games ahead of “Brentan Rodgers’ Golden Boy”.

    I’m not surprised that he took the opportunity to move to Man Citeh as we were only ever going to be a stepping stone for him (and his missus wanted out), but neither am I surprised that he’s sunk without trace there. Ultimately he’s just not good enough to play for a club at that level.

  5. Thats what happens when a player moves to a club because of silly money, no sympathy for him from me, i just wish the same fate does not befall Wilf Zaha.

    I’m Coming.

  6. Sinclair seems a product of Swansea’s system rather than a top player. Sinclair much like Samir Nasri have come to City and shown little of the ability that made Mancini want to acquire them.

    That said, I think there’s a disconnect in the wide players that Mancini brings and his system. Having David Silva play wide has seemed to slow his pace and bring his level of quality down overall. He continually pushes inside where I feel he’s better suited.

    James Milner has shown the pace and strength needed out wide but I don’t think he’s a consistent answer there either.

    City need to get their wide players figured out in this coming summer and cut their losses with the players they’ve overpaid for.

  7. Shaun Wright Phillips mark 2: He moved to Chelsea from a mid-table City when he could have kept playing week in, week out. Like Sinclair its not worked out for him but has worked out for his bank balance.

    Mancini I dont think ever wanted him but he didnt get Walcott so turned his attention to someone else who might be able to take the Adam Johnson role. He got him and then didn’t really fancy him. By the end of the season he may get a go though if Mancini loses his faith in those ahead of him such as Nasri/Silva who are now struggling a bit.

  8. Now we know why Chelsea gave up on both he and Borini so quickly. Neither have shown the ability to play at a big club. I want Sinclair to get more of a run in the team, but not at Milner’s expense. Give us 11 Milner’s and we’d win the league every season.

  9. Helen made her feelings about the city of Swansea clear on Facebook. She seemed more interested in the Manchester shopping than the football. Scott has plenty of time to traipse around Next with her now.

  10. To be fair to the guy, he would not be making our first team either this season with Routledge, Dyer and Hernandez all in front of him. He may as well sit on City’s bench for three times the salary.

    Did he make the wrong decision? Footballing wise, maybe.. financially no way. He can afford to retire comfortably at the end of his contract but will still find football elsewhere.

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