Which fully fit £6.5 million man has played just 34 minutes in 2013?

Van Persie And Sinclair

When Scott Sinclair signed for Manchester City from Swansea earlier in the season he was warned by outgoing winger Adam Johnson he could spend a lot of time on the bench.

Either Adam Johnson is a visionary, or was just talking from experience at the absolute predictability at how one of England's most exciting prospects would see his career stall.

So far since the turn of the calendar year, Scott Sinclair has played just 34 minutes of first team action:

17 minutes off the bench in the FA Cup win over Watford, 9 minutes at home to Stoke in the Premier League, and a 5 minute run-out in the 0-0 draw at QPR.

All of those came last month, with Sinclair yet to lace his boots in February, being an unused substitute on both occasions against Liverpool and Southampton.

In total this season, Sinclair has made seven Premier League appearances for City, and has not started in the league since late September.

His only goal this season came on the very first day of the campaign - for Swansea, in their 5-0 win away to QPR.

It's easy to see why Sinclair was swayed into joining the champions. He played alongside Micah Richards for Team GB in the Olympics in the summer, and after being overlooked for Euro 2012 wanted to big stage to enhance his international prospects, but a lack of playing time is serving to have the opposite effect.

Detractors have suggested he simply wanted to move to Manchester to keep his 'high-maintenance' WAG, Corrie star Helen Flanaghan, happy - but when Sinclair looked at Manchester City's fixture list and saw two glamour ties against Real Madrid, it's more likely the chance to be involved in them helped make up his mind.

Sadly he wasn't. He made just one appearance in the Champions League, as a starter against Dormund in the final game with only a Europa League place to play for; City lost 1-0 and Sinclair was subbed after 56 minutes.

While Sinclair could have expected opportunities to be limited, he surely did not expect competition for places to be this tough, and he has just three months left to make an impression.

There was talk of him going on loan in February with Everton claimed to be interested, but FIFA regulations limiting the number of clubs a player can play for in a season prevented it.

If his opportunities do not increase, Sinclair will no doubt look into the possibility of a move next season, although this of course depends in turn on any other personnel incomings and outgoings at the club, including whether a new manager takes over from Roberto Mancini.

While he waits for his City chance, his former teammates are in with a chance of winning silverware when Swansea travel to Wembley to take on Bradford in the Capital One Cup Final.

It's hard to believe there isn't a part of Sinclair which wishes he was out there with them.

City fans, what do you make of Scott Sinclair?

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