Scott Sinclair crucial to Aston Villa's on-field fortunes, says teammate Leandro Bacuna

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The resurgent winger has bagged five goals in his past two games for Tim Sherwood's side.

Aston Villa utility man Leandro Bacuna is the latest player to sing the praises of Scott Sinclair amid the winger's purple path of goalscoring form.

Speaking to the club’s official website after seeing his teammate net five times in Villa’s last two games before the international break, Bacuna said: “Scotty's doing really well. He's trying to find the right space in front of the goal which he's been doing successfully.

"He's hungry and that's really important for us as we need people who want to and can score goals. We need to keep going.

"We're working hard in this period without any games and we need to go out and try and win games when we get back on the pitch."

 Premier League TeamGoalsTotal ShotsShooting AccuracyAssistsKey PassesTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Scott Sinclair Aston Villa 3 10 50% 0 3 19 34.78% 81% 12 688

Sinclair, 26, initially joined Villa on loan from Manchester City in the last January window, before the club’s Premier League survival later triggered a £2.5 million permanent move.

Previously touted as a future England star during his time at Swansea City, the former Under-21 international endured a miserable two-and-half season spell at the Etihad Stadium, where he managed just three starts and 19 goalless appearances in total.

He made a successful start to his claret and blue career, however, scoring three times in his first seven games for the club before a hamstring strain ended up limiting his impact during the run-in.

Nevertheless, he now looks to have shaken off his past fitness problems and, after netting a hat-trick in the pre-season finale at Nottingham Forest, the ex-Chelsea man has carried that form into the campaign proper.

Another three-goal display in the recent 5-3 League Cup win over Notts County was followed by a brace in the 2-2 home draw with Sunderland, and it now looks like the in-form forward has cemented his place in Tim Sherwood’s first-choice XI going forward.

With Gabby Agbonlahor and new boys Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede all struggling to provide much of a threat in front of goal so far this term, he could even serve as Villa’s main man up top for the time being and, if he can keep producing the same kind of performances, then that £2.5 million fee will look like even more of a bargain.

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