Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood backing Scott Sinclair for more goals

Van Persie And Sinclair

The former Manchester City winger ended pre-season with a hat-trick in last Saturday's 3-3 draw at Nottingham Forest.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is backing Scott Sinclair for a goal-laden campaign after seeing the winger bag a hat-trick in the club’s pre-season finale against Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to AVTV ahead of the club’s Premier League opener at Bournemouth, Sherwood said: “He’s stayed fit over pre-season, which has been a positive, and he’s a real threat.

“We know he can score from back when he was at Swansea City, so hopefully he can score on a regular basis for Aston Villa in the Premier League.”

 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, 26, 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, he will now be hoping that his permanent move can help him get over a nightmare stint in Manchester, where the ex-Chelsea product saw his once-flourishing reputation take a serious hit.

Making a £6.2 million switch from Swansea in August 2012, big things were expected of the promising wide man after he netted 36 goals in 91 games for the Welsh outfit but he would go on to earn just three starts in three-and-a-half seasons instead, as injuries blighted his spell.

He has stayed fit throughout Villa’s pre-season though – playing the second minutes in the squad [430], and is now aiming to recapture the form that saw him labelled a future England star during his time with the Swans.

Speaking after his three-goal performance at Forest, Sinclair told AVTV: “It’s great for me that I’ve scored the hat-trick. 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.”

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