Aston Villa supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern in the last few weeks after seeing their side’s Championship promotion bid somewhat derailed by successive defeats at the hands of Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers.
Steve Bruce’s men went into their clash with the former back on March 13 having thumped league leaders Wolves 4-1 in their preceding encounter, a result which served to remind the division that the Villans were serious about returning to the Premier League this season. However, the Midlands giants were then humbled 3-1 at home by Ian Holloway’s Hoops and then were unable to get back to winning ways at Bolton a few days later, with Adam Le Fondre’s first half strike enough to consign Villa to a ninth Championship defeat of the season, thus instigating their fall to fourth place in the table.
Subsequently, there have been many downbeat Villans fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their club can resurrect their automatic promotion bid when they travel to struggling Hull City on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Villa supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking Bournemouth and Brighton with a move for Celtic winger Scott Sinclair.
Yet if Villa were to go up this season, manager Bruce simply must urge chairman Tony Xia to re-sign the £4.05 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer, just two years on from leaving Villa Park.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old has completely reinvigorated his career north of the border with Brendan Rodgers’ men, bagging 25 goals and laying on 14 assists for the Bhoys in all competitions last year to help them to the domestic treble, as well as adding 17 goals and 15 assists this time round to again underline Celtic’s domination of football in Scotland.
And while some will point to the competitiveness of the Scottish Premiership, there’s little doubting that the move has restored the confidence in Sinclair, and he is beginning to again look like the player that fired Swansea City into the Premier League back in 2011, and then was snapped up by Manchester City in 2012.
In fact, the 29-year-old has even been touted for a possible England call-up in recent times such has been his form for the Scottish giants, and he is showing the sort of form which could seriously benefit Villa were they to get promoted next season.
Yes, Sinclair endured a testing spell at Villa Park between 2015 and 2016, but the club themselves were also on the downward spiral – now though, Bruce appears to have reenergised the Midlands giants, and their upward trajectory could well provide the platform for Sinclair to perform once again.
His spell at Villa simply wasn’t reflective of the calibre of player the winger is, but making the move to Celtic, regardless of how some people may view Scottish football, has transformed him into the player City spent £8 million six years ago.
Unsurprisingly, there is Premier League interest in the 29-year-old, but if Villa are to win promotion back to the promised land this season, then they simply must seek to rival and indeed beat Bournemouth and Brighton to the winger’s signature.
Villa fans… what do you think? Let us know!