City boss defends frozen-out winger.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini feels he should take the blame for Scott Sinclair’s miserable time since joining the club, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 24-year-old winger joined City after an impressive season with Swansea last year, but has not been given much opportunity by Mancini to prove himself at the Etihad Stadium.
The Italian tactician does not feel Sinclair is to blame for being out of the team, and thinks he is a good player who deserves to play – though probably elsewhere.
“This situation with Sinclair is difficult because I didn’t give him a lot of chances to play,” said Mancini.
“He’s very unlucky. It’s my fault, not his fault. A young player like Scott who is a good player deserves to play always.
“Scott is young and he has good quality but this year was difficult for him. It’s better if he can have another solution.
“For me, he is a good player. But we have one team. For him, it was difficult.
“I repeat: he did everything well, he worked well, he is a good guy, he deserves to play.”
The former Chelsea youngster has been linked with a return to Swansea, as well as Liverpool, where he would play under former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers, a manager who seemed to bring the best out of him.
Sinclair was not the only poor signing by City last summer, as the club resorted to some strange transfers after missing out on their main targets. Jack Rodwell, Maicon and Javi Garcia were brought in but none have really impressed as Mancini’s side failed to retain their Premier League crown.