Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair was anonymous for the Villans on Saturday afternoon as they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against fellow Midlands outfit Stoke City.
The pacey winger joined the Villa Park side on a permanent deal from Manchester City following an impressive loan spell last season, a decision which was widely supported by the fans.
The 26-year-old is comfortable with the ball and poses plenty of problems from wide areas, though he is largely dependent on his teammates picking him out in the right areas.
Against Stoke, the home side had plenty of possession but couldn’t penetrate a compact opposition, resulting in Sinclair spending most of his time on the pitch looking increasingly frustrated.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Swansea City ace only touched the ball 18 times and failed to record anything in terms of an attacking threat.
Sinclair’s effort was not in question, but the lack of impact from a player who is largely regarded as one of Villa’s most creative players is a telling tale of the team’s current struggles.
The winger posted just six accurate passes and two ball recoveries before making way just before the hour mark, and minutes after the Potters had taken a deserved lead.
Boss Tim Sherwood has plenty to answer for, with his tactics once again coming into question and fellow creative players such as Carlos Gil and Jack Grealish starting the game from the bench.
But Sinclair also needs to improve, with supporters taking to Twitter in order to share their disapproval.
Very meh from us, yet I like the extra space the midfield have. Him, what to do. Also, Sinclair underwhelming again. Ayew please! #avfc— Richard Maddison (@MaddisonGR) October 3, 2015
Sinclair is a poacher so if you don't create...he's pointless #avfc— Gary Oakley (@Gazoaks) October 3, 2015
Another anonymous display from Sinclair, no doubt will start the next game. #avfc— Rob Jones (@UpTheAstonVilla) October 3, 2015
Grealish & Gil MUST play every minute; Sinclair has to be dropped; Crespo is no near close to be a PL player. Sherwood, please, fix it #avfc— Yeezus (@o11ero) October 3, 2015
Ayew needs to be starting now over Sinclair. Has a sense of purpose and desire about him, we need that. #AVFC— Adam Williams (@AdzW90) October 3, 2015