One To Watch
In the third of our series of One's to Watch we have Swansea's Scott Sinclair
It may be his club's first season in the top flight since 1983 but winger Scott Sinclair will have had previous experience at a one time Premiership winning team under his belt.
There's always a surprise package of the teams coming up every year and this season it could be Swansea's turn, but a lot will be riding on the young Englishman's shoulders. Not many teams will fancy a trip to Wales on a murky night in December and The Swans will use that the their advantage.
Sinclair will start the season in a positive mood after his hat-trick @ Wembley helped secure the club victory against Reading in the Play-Off Finals. His tally of 27 goals in all competitions was no mean feat either especially for a winger and although he didn't feature much in England's ill fated U21 campaign in Denmark he was one of the bright spots when he was on the pitch.
Starting out at Bristol Rovers he moved to Chelsea in 2005 when The Special One was providing the magic touch at Stamford Bridge, it's a case of "what could have been" for Sinclair at The Pensioners.
Loaned out time and again by the West London club, Sinclair gained valuable experience helping Birmingham in their push for promotion from the Championship in 2009 as well as getting games for QPR, Charlton & Crystal Palace. The revolving door managerial policy of Roman Abramovich didn't help his cause and although he made a handful of first team appearances under various managers @ the Blues his last season at Chelsea was in fact spent on loan at Wigan.
After swapping Stamford Bridge for the Severn Bridge his first season in Wales saw him play roughly fifty games on Swansea's journey through the play-offs and on to the Premiership. That long, tough season will have stood him in good stead for what awaits him in the top flight with more of the same to be expected if The Swans are to stay up.
With the shoots of youth emerging through the ranks last season and the fresh arrival of young blood from the Continent adding to the mix this August, it looks like Chelsea are looking to replace some of their aging stars, the departure of Sinclair could be cause for regret at the club and certainly @ only £750,000 would have saved Mr Abramovich a few rubles with the new financial restraints coming in from UEFA.
But he has shown his commitment to his team (the first Welsh side to play in the Premiership) and with a good start in the Premierhip vital, we can expect to see him terrorising defences from the word go.