Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair flying high heading into new season

Van Persie And Sinclair

The 26-year-old netted all three of Villa's goals in Saturday's 3-3 draw at Nottingham Forest.

After ending pre-season on a high note, Aston Villa’s Scott Sinclair believes he is primed to make a hot start to the 2015-16 campaign.

Sinclair, 26, was speaking to AVTV after the claret and blues completed their preparations for the new season on Saturday afternoon with a 3-3 draw against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Despite seeing two late Forest goals rob Tim Sherwood’s men of the win, the winger himself made a strong claim for a starting spot in next weekend’s Premier League at Bournemouth, netting all three of his side’s goals after Dexter Blackstock had given the hosts the lead within the opening 30 seconds.

His first came in the 21st-minute when he headed in a Jordan Amavi cross from close range, before adding a second seven minutes after the break thanks to substitute Joe Cole’s precise through ball.

The former Manchester City man then completed his hat-trick shortly after the hour with a blistering long-range strike which found the top corner – a goal he is now hoping to replicate in competitive action.

“I hope so! I caught the ball sweetly,” said Sinclair. “Sometimes they go in row z but today it went in the top corner.

“It’s great for me that I’ve scored the hat-trick but a bit disappointing that we’ve conceded right in the last minute,” he continued. “As an attacker player, you need to build your confidence up in pre-season to take yourself into the season for real.

“It’s great that I got a few goals today and my confidence will be high going into the next game, when it’s all about performances.”

 2014-15 Premier League TeamGoalsAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesCrossing AccuracyTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Scott Sinclair Aston Villa 1 0 2 78% 6 0% 10 38.46 9 461

Sinclair initially joined Villa from Manchester City during the January transfer window on a loan deal for the rest of the season, before the club’s Premier League survival triggered a £2.5 million permanent move.

The former England Under-21 international began his claret and blue career with three goals in seven total appearances but then suffered a hamstring strain which limited him to just a couple of brief cameos over the final two months of the campaign.

Nevertheless, having now ended his nightmare spell at the Etihad Stadium, where he made just three starts following a £6.2 million switch from Swansea in August 2012, Villa will be hoping that the ex-Chelsea man can get back to the form that once saw him labelled a future England star.

He does face more competition for a starting spot now, though, having seen Sherwood bring in several attacking reinforcements among his other eight summer signings, but the skilful wide man sees that as nothing but a positive.

“It is exciting times,” he told AVTV. “The manager’s bringing in a fair few players and it’s exciting for the fans. Hopefully we mould sooner rather than later.

“We’ve got a great squad of good characters. It’s one of those teams where you should be able to settle quickly.

“Jordan [Amavi], the left-back, can’t speak much English and the language barrier’s a bit difficult, but I’m sure he’ll settle in during the next few weeks and get to know the language.”

Sinclair and Amavi certainly linked up well on several occasions during Saturday’s match - not least for his first goal - and that partnership on the left flank could be set to blossom over the course of this season.

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