Scott Sinclair

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Scott Sinclair
0Full Name Scott Andrew Sinclair
0Date of Birth 25 March 1989
0Place of Birth Bath, England
0Position Winger
0Chelsea career 2005 - 2010
0Debut 10 January 2007
0Games (goals) 14 (1)
0Other clubs Bristol Rovers
Plymouth Argyle (loan)
QPR (loan)
Charlton Athletic (loan)
Crystal Palace (loan)
Birmingham City (loan)
Wigan Athletic (loan)
Swansea City
Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion (loan)
Aston Villa

Scott Sinclair (born 25 March 1989 in Bath, England) is a winger who formerly played for Chelsea. He joined Swansea City for a reported fee of £500,000 in August 2010, having found it difficult to get opportunities in the first team. [1]


Before Chelsea

Chelsea signed Scott as a schoolboy in 2005 after he made his debut in professional football for Bristol Rovers as a late substitute. A tribunal set the transfer fee at £200,000 with a further £750,000 depending on his career development, and a 15% sell-on clause.

Chelsea career

Scott made an immediate impact in the Chelsea Under-18 and Reserve teams, using his pace and skill to devastating effect, racking up 20 goals over the course of his debut season. The following season saw him called into the first team squad by José Mourinho for an FA Cup tie against Macclesfield Town, but he would make his debut later the same week in the League Cup against Wycombe.

The same month saw him go on loan to Plymouth Argyle. Two games into his spell at Home Park, he made an immediate impact, scoring one of the goals of the season in the FA Cup Fourth Round away to Barnet. Picking up the ball on the edge of his own area, he embarked on a mazy run the length of the pitch before tucking the ball away. He scored four goals in two months under Ian Holloway and was one of the relevations of the season at the time.

Scott returned to Chelsea and remained a part of the first team squad, making a late substitute appearance against Arsenal on 6 May 2007 to make his FA Premier League debut. He was unable to help Chelsea get the goal they needed to remain alive in the title race, and later that season he made his full league debut against Champions Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken foot in a challenge with Wes Brown during the second half.

The following season, Scott was awarded the number 17 shirt and given a regular place amongst Mourinho's senior professionals, as well as a new long-term contract. He scored his first goal in Chelsea colours on 25 September 2007 in the League Cup tie away to Hull City and made a major impact in the following round against Leicester City, creating a goal, hitting the woodwork twice and having a goal disallowed in a 4-3 win.

A brief loan at QPR followed, but it was unsuccessful and after returning to Chelsea for a while, a third career loan came in February 2008 at Charlton Athletic. This spell was even more disastrous, making just three substitute appearances and in less than a month he had moved to another club, joining Crystal Palace until the end of the season. Thankfully, things started to get moving again, as he scored twice in six appearances and helped the Eagles into the Playoffs.

Back at Chelsea for the 2008/09 season, under a new manager in Luiz Felipe Scolari, Scott changed his number from 17 to 16, allowing new signing Jose Bosingwa to take a desired shirt number. He made four brief appearances in the first half of the season before embarking on another departure, spending the second half of the campaign at Birmingham City as they looked to gain promotion to the FA Premier League. He made 14 appearances as Alex McLeish's side did indeed seal promotion, and came back to Chelsea for the end of the season under Guus Hiddink.

Carlo Ancelotti's arrival for 2009-10 saw Scott travel with the first team on their pre-season tour of the United States, but prior to the season starting, a sixth career loan move arrived in the form of a season at Wigan Athletic. The move proved to be a poor one, with Scott consigned to the substitutes bench for the majority of the campaign. When receiving a rare start in Cup competitions he shined, but was unable to work his way into Roberto Martinez's regular plans.

After Chelsea

Sinclair signed a three-year deal at Swansea City on 9 August 2010 for a £500,000 fee, which could rise to £1m depending on his future success at the club. He quickly became a first team regular under former Chelsea coach Brendan Rodgers, and scored regularly for Swansea in his first season in South Wales as the Swans were promoted to the Premier League. The following season he scored against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw, and after an impressive season in the top flight he signed for Manchester City.


Scott has represented England at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 levels.


Youth Team Football

Season Total
Apps Goals
2005-06 22 15
2006-07 6 1

Reserve Team Football

Season Total
Apps Goals
2006-07 ? ?
2007-08 6 3
2008-09 7 3

Senior Club Football (while at Chelsea)

Season Club League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004-05 Bristol Rovers 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006-07 Chelsea 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2006-07 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 15 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 4
2007-08 Chelsea 1 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
2007-08 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
2007-08 Charlton Athletic (loan) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2007-08 Crystal Palace (loan) 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
2008-09 Chelsea 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2008-09 Birmingham City (loan) 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2009-10 Wigan Athletic (loan) 16 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 2
Total All clubs while at Chelsea 70 6 9 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 85 10
Total Chelsea 5 0 3 0 5 1 0 0 1 0 14 1


# Season Date Year Competition Opponent Score Result Venue
12007-0826 September2007League CupHull City1-04-0Kingston Communication Stadium
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