Scott Sinclair has been cut from 40/1 to 1/4 to join Newcastle after Sky Bet saw a flurry of bets.
The 24-year-old, who has struggled to make an impact at Manchester City since joining last year, has been subject to a flurry of sudden interest to move to St James’ Park, prompting the Magpies to replace Everton at the head of betting on his next club.
The vagabond appeared to have finally found a home at Swansea City, with his dribbling ability and flair complementing a side which, under Rodgers, developed a keep ball philosophy which won them many admirers last season.
However, Sinclair made the switch to the then reigning English champions last summer, and it’s fair to say it’s gone horribly wrong. He has since made a paltry eleven appearances since signing, with many being cameos from the bench. The future looks bleak too, with David Platt stating in November, three months after he’d joined, that the winger was free to leave the club if he becomes fed up with his bit-part role at the Etihad.
Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said:
“In a market which has previously seen very little money, we have taken a strong run of bets on Sinclair’s next club being Newcastle, prompting the price to plummet.
“With nothing apparent in the media domain on such a deal happening, we’re assuming the money is coming from those in the know, although it’s always difficult to tell during the season of speculation.”
As many Newcastle fans have pointed out, the wings have been an issue for the side this year, particularly due to the recent scrutiny of Jonas Gutierrez’s performances for the Magpies. It’s an area which needs strengthening, and though there appears to be little to no speculation on the matter, I feel Scott Sinclair would be an excellent player to pursue in the forthcoming window.
If he wants to play more football, he will most certainly leave, and City won’t be reluctant if they are to have an overhaul in an attempt to close the gap with their local rivals. Sinclair is a player who has already proven himself capable of performing in the Premier League and would provide the necessary support to the strike force. In fact, the ex-Chelsea man also has a knack of finding the net from time to time.
Given City’s long-term neglecting of him, I sense an opportunity for a swoop.
Would you like to see this journeyman at Newcastle?