Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hinted the future of winger Scott Sinclair lies elsewhere amid ongoing rumours linking the former England Under-21 international with a move away from the Etihad Stadium in the summer, Sky Sports understands.
Sinclair, 24, has not scored or set up any goals in three starts, and 15 total appearances, in all competitions for Manchester City this season.
His only goal of the current campaign came on the first day of the season, as a Swansea City player, in a 5-0 rout of npower Championship-bound Queens Park Rangers after coming on as a substitute for Nathan Dyer in the 77th minute.
Shortly thereafter, the 24-year-old joined City for a reported fee of £6.2 million. The rest of the story has been an absolute nightmare.
Sinclair has not had many opportunities at the Etihad Stadium this term, with Mancini suggesting the former Chelsea winger was ‘unlucky’ not to play.
“This situation with Sinclair is difficult because I didn’t give him a lot of chances to play. He is very unlucky,” said Mancini ahead of Saturday’s match against the Swans at the Liberty Stadium.
“It is my fault, not his fault. A young player like Scott who is a good player deserves to play always. For him, it was a really difficult year this year.
“Scott is young and he has good quality but this year was difficult for him. I think it is better if he can have another solution.
“If he stays here, maybe, everything can change but I can understand his frustration in this moment because he didn’t play a lot of games.
“For me, he is a good player. We have one team. For him, it was difficult. I repeat – he did everything well, he worked well, he is a good guy, he deserves to play. I can understand when one player can’t play often it is difficult.”
The future of Sinclair seems all but uncertain. Surely he will be moving on to pastures new after a disappointing season at City.
Recent reports have linked the 24-year-old with a sensational return to Swansea City, but other clubs might show an interest in the player when the transfer window reopens in July.
Morrison could return to St Andrew’s
West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald has revealed Ravel Morrison, formerly of Manchester United, could return to Birmingham City on loan next season, according to Sky Sports.
Morrison, 20, is currently enjoying a fine season at St Andrew’s, with reports suggesting he could return to the Hammers in order to compete for a regular first-team place this summer.
However, a return to Championship side Birmingham City has not been ruled out by West Ham, according to the club’s assistant manager Neil McDonald.
“One of the reasons we sent him to Birmingham was to try and get that consistent time on the field. He would have had a battle on to get into the team here,” said McDonald.
“He has gone to Birmingham, got in the team and played well consistently which is great.
“I saw comments from Lee Clark that he might possibly want to take him on loan again next year to give him some more experience. That would be great and it is a decision that the manager has to make.
“Do we bring him back because he’s had a good a year’s football in him or do we leave him there for another year to see if he will develop even more? We’ll decide that in the summer.”
Morrison, arguably one of the most talented members of the Hammers squad, has bagged two goals and three assists in 29 competitive appearances, 25 starts, while on loan at St Andrew’s this season.