With Stewart Downing having packed his Anfield bags and joined Liverpool Mk II with Joe Cole and Andy Carroll at West Ham, attention turns to who Liverpool might bring in to replace him.
Whilst fans may be dreaming about the likes of Willian joining as the Reds potentially profit from Anzhi’s financial crisis, the far more likely option is Scott Sinclair signing from Manchester City. The bookmakers have drastically cut their odds with regards to this transfer happening, and of course he worked with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in his former life at Swansea City.
I personally hope that the Reds are NOT in the market for Sinclair, and here’s why.
First, and foremost, he has stagnated during a wasted 2012/13 season at Manchester City. Sinclair made just twelve league appearances for the former champions, and didn’t complete ninety minutes in any of them.
More importantly, a quick comparison of his Swansea stats (via Whoscored) from his excellent 2011/12 campaign with those of Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling‘s breakthrough season shows that Scott Sinclair, on a per game basis:
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