Sherwood explains reason behind desire to change Scott Sinclair's position

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Tim Sherwood wants to convert Scott Sinclair into a striker.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has told the Daily Mirror that he does want to turn Scott Sinclair into a full-time striker this season.

Sinclair, 26, spent the second half of last season on loan at Villa before turning his move into a permanent one this summer, and he has played a bigger role than many anticipated.

Sherwood went out and added to his attacking options with Jordan Ayew, Rudy Gestede and Adama Traore, but Sinclair is carving out a new role for himself in the Villa side - as a striker.

The former Chelsea youngster has been a winger throughout his career, but he played as more of a striker against Sunderland before the international break.

His two goals in that game demonstrated what Sinclair can do as a forward, with his pace troubling the Sunderland defence throughout - and now, manager Sherwood wants to really tap into his ability as a striker.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror ahead of today's game against Leicester City, Sherwood admitted that he thinks Sinclair is wasted out wide, and would prefer him to be running off the shoulder of the last defender, where his pace can give Villa a new threat in the final third.

"To stick him out on the left, he’s going to get limited chances to score – and I think it’s a waste," said Sherwood. "His best asset is scoring goals, any player would like it to be their best asset, but he’s got to find a way of getting into scoring positions as many times as he can."

"You only have to tell him once – ‘when the midfielder gets the ball, all I want him to see is your number’. He can burst away. He can do that 30 times a game and I’m not sure centre-halves want to be chasing him all day – I’m not sure many are capable. He really is the fittest boy we have seen for a long time, and when he gets in front of goal he has calmness with both feet," he added.

The most famous convert from winger to striker is Thierry Henry, who made the seamless transition under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Now, whilst Sinclair isn't going to be the next Thierry Henry, he can at least get a regular run in the Villa side by playing up front, and his goal return against Sunderland suggests he deserves to be given the chance to continue in that role.

It's clear that Sherwood fancies him in that position, and whilst few would have predicted it before the start of the season, Sinclair may be relied upon to help replace Christian Benteke this term.

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