Sinclair missed Villa’s last Premier League game, only to net a hat-trick in the midweek League Cup tie with Notts County, and Tim Sherwood has told the official club website that he needs to find a way to include him in his side due to his goalscoring.
Sherwood said: “When you take a lot of goals out of your side, you have to take a look around your club and see what goals are left. Scott Sinclair is a goalscorer. He scored me a few last season. We might just need to find him a place in your team at some stage. Every day his finishing is top drawer.”
Sinclair was rightfully dropped for the game with Crystal Palace, after starting the first two games of the season and doing little of note. However, he showed off his talents in front of goal in the victory over Notts County, even if he was playing a lower league opposition.
Villa sold a number of key players over the summer who provided a large portion of their goals last season, and Sherwood has failed to increase the output so far this season.
The Birmingham-based club have managed to hit the back of the net just one time in the Premier League this season - and well as scoring through an own goal from Palace’s Pape Souare - and the attacking play has looked disjointed consistently.
Sinclair was at fault for these issues in the opening games of the campaign, but he has proven in the League Cup that he does have the talent to find the back of the net, and Sherwood would be wise to put him back in the starting line up this weekend as Villa take on Sunderland.
Facing Sunderland at this time could be perfect for Sherwood’s men to end their poor form in front of goal, thanks to their incredibly leaky defence, and if Sinclair can carry his goalscoring over into the league, Villa may start to pick up more points after a reasonably poor start to the campaign.