Ex-Man City star Summerbee fears Sinclair is in for a tough time
Former Manchester City player Nicky Summerbee has voiced concerns that new City signing Scott Sinclair has a battle on his hands if he is force his way into the champions’ first team. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Summerbee spoke of the pressures Sinclair would now be under after his £6.2m move from Swansea.
“He’s exciting and he’s made a good career for himself after leaving Chelsea,” said Summerbee. “He’s on the fringes of the England squad now. But I went from Swindon to City and that’s when the pressure is on. “He’s not faced that sort of pressure at Swansea. I hope he’s the player he’s shown he is so far. The question is whether he get enough chances.”
Summerbee pointed to the departure of England winger Adam Johnson from the Etihad Stadium to Sunderland in search of regular football as proof of the difficulty of Sinclair’s task. “It’s not the case that I think City have weakened, but he has to prove himself. He’s come from a smaller club. It didn’t happen for him at Chelsea, but he’s proved himself away from there. I hope he brings the form he’s shown already and do it at a bigger club.
“But Adam Johnson has proved himself for England and at crucial periods last season he was an important part of the squad. He set up goals, he scored goals. In my mind he’s ahead of Sinclair. He’s a better player, but I hope I’m proved wrong,” Summerbee added.
Sinclair emerged as a young talent at Chelsea but having had several loan spells all over the country, settled in South Wales and led the club to the Premier League in 2011 with 27 goals in all competitions. Last season saw the winger hit eight goals as the Swans impressed in their debut Premier League season under Brendan Rodgers. Sinclair has been capped at Under-21 level for England, was a member of the Team GB squad for the London 2012 Olympics and could have his ambitions for an England senior cap enhanced by his big move to Manchester.
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