Date:Thursday September 23 2010
Brendan Rodgers says Swansea City are 'very very fortunate' to have a player like Scott Sinclair - who scored a hatrick on Tuesday night in our Carling Cup 3rd round win at Peterborough United.
Rodgers was able to use his contacts at his former club Chelsea to land the winger for a fee of £500,000 - which could rise depending on various clauses.
Sinclair has settled at Swansea instantly, and introduced himself to the fans with an impressive debut performance in the 4-0 home win against Preston North End.
The 21 year-old has now scored 7 goals in his last 6 games for the Swans and he is proving to be quite a bargain buy!
'The club can count itself very, very fortunate to have a player of this calibre,'
'He is a level above for me.
'But he needed to find a home. He had Premier League possibilities, but I spent hours on the phone convincing him this was the right place.
'I know Scott inside out. We kept in touch even when I left Chelsea, I was always giving him advice.
'Thankfully my contacts at Chelsea let me work that deal out — I have a great relationship with the club.
'And now we are seeing him blossom at Swansea. But there's more to come from him, that's the scary thing,'
Sinclair has admitted himself that it was difficult for him to show his true potential - having been at Chelsea for a number of years where it was difficult to get regular football. He was loaned out to afew clubs but never started more than 8 games at any of them.
He needed to settle at a club and play regular first team football, and now that he's doing it he and Swansea City are reaping the rewards.
His 7 goals including a superb hatrick this week could help him back into international football, as Stuart Pearce may look to call up him to the under-21s team.
'He needed to play games to prove his potential, and that's what is happening here,'
'He knows he has a lot to learn. He has integrated into the team very well — every time he gets the ball he looks like he's going to score.
'The price is an absolute snip. He's electric at the moment, but that's what I expected from him.
'He broke on to the big scene at 17 but then went to clubs where he didn't really play, and that's held his career back.
'When you get to 20 or 21, if you're not playing at the club then you need to go.
'Scotty's career saw him go to good clubs but at the wrong moments, so he wasn't getting much game-time.
'He's really happy here. He gets on great with his team-mates, loves the supporters and gets on well with his manager.
'He can help the club and help himself. But Scotty is still blossoming and he'll get even better with more games.'
Date:Thursday September 23 2010
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