The simple reason why Manchester City misfit Scott Sinclair will not be signing for Everton

The former Swansea City winger has been linked with a loan-deal at Goodison Park but there is a very simple reason why this is improbable...

Scott Sinclair has been linked with a move away from the club in January after a disastrous start to his career at The Etihad. Despite the fact Roberto Mancini made his intentions clear that no player would be leaving the club in January that has not stopped the press from suggesting the former Swansea player could be on his way to Everton on a loan-deal until the end of the season. 

But can Scott Sinclair actually leave Manchester City within the confines of FIFA Rules. While many have spoken of this rule already, usually in relation to Andy Carroll, the common answer is as follows:

A player cannot play for more than two clubs in a season. Sure he could leave as he is entitled to sign for three clubs in that period but he can only feature in official matches for two something he has already done this campaign.

Here is the rule in question:

‘Players may be registered for a maximum of three clubs during the period from 1 July until 30 June of the following year. During this period, the player is only eligible to play in Official Matches for two clubs.’

Indeed before his handful of appearances for his new club he emerged from the bench to grab a goal in the opening day humbling of QPR under Michael Laudrup. The only area in which the rule is unclear or at least vague is if Sinclair was to return to Swansea on a loan-deal. However the idea of him going to Everton is absolutely impossible.

But if he really is that desperate for first-team football not all hope is lost. He is in fact able to sign for and play for a team whose national registration period does not run adjacent to ours. This happened previously with Javier Mascherano when he featured for Liverpool, West Ham and Brazilian outfit Corinthians during the period. As the Brazilian period runs from January to December he was eligible to play for Liverpool.

So if he is really keen on such a deal there is a wealth of options; however England and much of Europe is off the agenda. Even Russia runs parallel to us these days. His options are limited to a stint in the MLS, South America or perhaps some parts of Scandinavia.

Therefore it seems very, very unlikely that Scott Sinclair will be going anywhere this January.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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