Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair has told the Birmingham Mail that he was worried about his future at the club towards the end of last season.
Sinclair, 26, found first team football hard to come by during his time at Manchester City, and chose to leave on loan in January, joining Aston Villa until the end of the season.
With three goals in 12 games, Sinclair flashed the ability that made him a star at Swansea City, prompting Villa to make his loan move a permanent one.
Sinclair is now gearing up for the new season, but he has now admitted that doubts had crept into his mind at the end of last season.
Sinclair was out of the starting XI for the final few games, with manager Tim Sherwood preferring to play a narrow diamond in midfield - meaning there was no place for a winger in his side.
Former Chelsea youngster Sinclair has now told the Birmingham Mail that he had to have a conversation with Sherwood to see whether he was part of his plans, having been signed by former boss Paul Lambert - but revealed that Sherwood reassured him over his future at the club.
"I was just coming back from injury when the team was doing well," said Sinclair. "I pulled my hamstring and the team went on to do well. I went to see the manager but there was not much either of us could do. If the team is doing well while you’re injured you just have to wait your turn. That was it in a nutshell really."
"I came here to play games and I’m sure I will. But when you aren’t playing you think to yourself why aren’t I playing? But the manager said to me he wasn’t playing with wingers at the time and the team was doing well. All I could do is wait, after coming back from injury, and hear what the manager says now I’m fit at the start of the season," he added.
How important will Sinclair be next season?
Sinclair always had talent during his time at Swansea, but got lost in the shuffle at Manchester City, barely playing during his time at the Etihad Stadium.
Now, Sinclair needs to make sure that he is playing first team football on a regular basis for Villa - but much could depend on Sherwood's tactics.
If he continues to play the midfield diamond, Sinclair could find himself on the bench again. However, a switch to a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 should see Sinclair feature regularly, with his pace and trickery out wide an asset to Sherwood and Villa.
The fact that Villa signed Sinclair permanently suggests that they do indeed have plans for the winger - despite his initial concerns about his role under Sherwood.