Scott Sinclair should join Liverpool and not Manchester City

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Would Scott Sinclair get more game time at Liverpool than Manchester City, displacing the woeful Stewart Downing?

After being linked with the Premier League champions for much of the summer and after an original bid was rejected, an offer reported to be for £5 million has been made by Manchester City. With only a year left on his contract and the player wanting to leave the Liberty Stadium, this would be good business for the Swans but we take a look at why they move may not be so good for the player;

At Swansea, Scott Sinclair has enjoyed his most successful period of his short career so far. In his first season after joining from Chelsea in 2010, Sinclair scored an impressive 19 goals in the Championship as Swansea made the play-offs. He then scored a man-of-the-match winning hat-trick in the final as the Swans beat Reading 4-2 to become the first Welsh side to compete in the Premier League.

Swansea's last player to score a Championship goal became the first to score a Premier League goal as they claimed their first win in the top-flight for the best part of 30 years - a penalty against West Bromich Albion, a match they ended up winning 3-0. Sinclair would go on to score a total of eight goals in the league as Swansea finished their first season back in the big time in a comfortable 11th place.

Sinclair was overlooked by England manager Roy Hodgson for the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, but he did enough to impress Stuart Pearce as he was picked for Team GB squad at the Olympics. At the summer tournament, Sinclair scored in the 3-1 win over United Arab Emirates, netting with his first touch, a minute after coming on for GB captain Ryan Giggs.

After telling Swansea that he would not be signing a new contract, he was named on the bench before their 5-0 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers but came on with just under 15 minutes to go, scoring his side's fifth goal with just under ten minutes to go.

The game at Loftus Road looks as though it will be Sinclair's last in a Swansea shirt as he is expected to complete his move to the Etihad this week. But with so many midfielders already at Roberto Mancini's disposal, will Sinclair be likely to get much game-time? Probably not.

Adam Johnson is expected to leave City before the end of the transfer window so it will be a case of one in, one out but Johnson is leaving as he has become frustrated after not being giving enough first-team opportunities so why will it be any different for Sinclair? Last season, Johnson scored only two less than Sinclair in 12 less Premier League appearances than the Swansea man. Based on that, Sinclair will get less chance of first-team football than Johnson did last year.

With Brendan Rodgers, the man who got so much out of Sinclair at Swansea, now in charge of Liverpool, surely Anfield would be the better destination for the attacking midfielder. He'd go straight into the side in the place of the woeful Stewart Downing in a midfield which also contains his old Swansea collegue and fellow Team GB star, Joe Allen.

Johnson though, has been linked with a move to Liverpool but Martin O'Neil and Sunderland are also interested in bringing him to the Stadium of Light. Scott Sinclair should be hoping that the England midfielder joins Sunderland and not the Merseysiders so he can make the next step in his career at a club where he will get a fair crack at the first-team.

It seems Sinclair has already made up his mind though and will become Manchester City's second summer signing after Jack Rodwell. But you never know what a late bid and a personal phone call from his former boss could do to change his mind...

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