Date of Birth: 25 March 1989
Place of Birth: Bath, England
Year Signed: 2015
Signed From: Manchester City
Fee Paid: £2,500,000
Scott Sinclair was born on March 25th 1989 in Bath, England. He began playing football at a young age and at the age of nine he joined Bristol Rovers’ academy.
In 2004, Sinclair signed his first professional contract with Bristol Rovers. He made his début for the club when he was only fifteen.
In 2005, Sinclair was offered a lucrative contract by Chelsea Football Club, which he penned in July of that year.
At Stamford Bridge, Sinclair featured mainly as a reserve player and he had to wait until January 2007 to make his first senior appearance, when he was a late substitute in the League Cup semi-final against Wycombe Wanderers.
Later that month, Sinclair went on loan to Plymouth Argyle, where he impressed Ian Holloway.
Upon his return to his parent club, Sinclair made his Premier League début in May 2007, when he came on as a substitute against Arsenal.
He scored his first goal for Chelsea against Hull City in the third round of the League Cup in September 2007.
Loans were common practice for developing youngsters at Stamford Bridge so Sinclair completed short loan spells with Queens Park Rangers, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic between 2007 and 2010, gaining experience and sharpening his skills.
Sinclair signed a three-year deal with Swansea City on 9 August 2010 and joined the Welsh side for a £500,000 fee. The midfielder scored the team’s first Premier League goal, a penalty, on September 17th 2011 in a 3–0 win against West Bromwich Albion. Sinclair featured in almost one hundred matches during two seasons with the Swans, scoring thirty-six goals.
By 2012, Sinclair was considered one of the quickest players in Europe and his value had soared. He left Swansea when he was offered a money-spinning deal with Manchester City at the end of August. However, the quality of City’s squad meant Sinclair’s playing time was seriously limited and he made only fourteen appearances during the 2012-13 season.
On 22nd August 2013, Sinclair went on loan to West Bromwich Albion but his time at The Hawthorns was marred by injury and he had great difficulty breaking into the senior starting XI.
Having returned to City, Sinclair failed to earn a starting place and on January 30th 2015 he joined Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.
He made his début on February 1st as a second-half substitute in the 5-0 loss at The Emirates.
A fortnight later, Sinclair’s first goal for Villa, which came in the eighty-ninth minute of the FA Cup fifth round tie against Leicester City, saw his new side progress to the quarter-finals of the famous knockout competition.
In May 2015, Sinclair joined Aston Villa on a permanent basis for a fee rumoured to be £2.5 million when he signed a four-year deal.