The new boss is hoping that the on-loan forward can get back to the form he showcased at Swansea between 2010 and 2012.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has hailed the impact Scott Sinclair has made since arriving at the club, revealing at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Sunderland that he never doubted the forward’s talents.
Sinclair, 25, had made just three starts in two-and-a-half seasons with champions Manchester City being joining Villa on a six-month loan deal in January, with injuries and poor form wrecking his time at the Etihad Stadium.
The former England Under-21 international has since shown flashes of the form which saw him tipped for a senior call-up while at Swansea, however, netting three goals in seven appearances to carve out a place in Sherwood’s starting line-up.
With the club having the option to make his move permanent for a £2.5 million fee, Sinclair is making a good case for a long-term future at Villa Park, and Sherwood has revealed that a recent heart-to-heart has been crucial in helping him get over his prolonged slump.
“I think Scott’s a good professional,” he said. “He’s very focused. He wants to play a lot football and he’s going to get the opportunity to play here.
“I had a chat with him and told him how I remembered those days at Swansea when he was always a goal threat, cutting in off that left-hand side or wherever he was asked to play.”
Sinclair’s introduction has helped Villa improve their dismal goal output somewhat, but a record of 15 strikes in 28 Premier League games is still eight worse than their nearest rivals and weekend opponents Sunderland.
Nevertheless, Sherwood insists that there are more than enough finishers in his squad, and believes it won’t be long before the floodgates open.
“In front of goal, Sinclair’s a good finisher, but [Fabian] Delph’s got goals in him, too,” he added.
“Tom Cleverley’s got a goal in him, and we know all about Christian [Benteke], Gabby [Agbonlahor] and Andi [Weimnann].
“There are goals around this team. We just have to try to get the right balance at the right time.”