Belfast Telegraph

Lambert sees Sinclair 'potential'

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is ready to tap into Scott Sinclair's "unfulfilled potential" after landing the winger on loan from Manchester City.

Villa have completed the protracted signing of the winger until the end of the season with a view to signing him permanently in the summer.

The 25-year-old has made just 12 appearances for City since joining them back in 2012, with an inauspicious loan stint at West Brom last season.

"I'm thankful we got the deal done because I think he's a player with great unfulfilled potential," Lambert said.

"In hindsight, maybe for his own playing career, the Manchester City move was not a good one for him. But the opportunity to play for a club like that hardly ever comes to you and when it does, it's very hard to turn it down.

"I'm pretty sure he will have learned a lot in football terms from it, whether he realises it yet or not.

"It will have been a great experience for him but now's the time he can kick on and get his career up and running."

Sinclair, meanwhile, is ready to make up for lost time.

"I believe I have my best years ahead of me," he said. "This is a new challenge, a new chapter in my life, and hopefully I can settle in as quickly as possible, have a good start and go from there."

The former Chelsea youngster is eager to hit the ground running.

"It's taken a few weeks but I'm happy to be here, to be in the building and to be signing for the club and ready to play some football.

"It's nice to be able to get settled somewhere and be a part of something going forward.

"It feels great to be here and that the deal is finally done.

"I spoke to the manager (Paul Lambert) and he gave me his views on what he wants from me here at Villa.

"I'm still hungry to play football, that's what I told him, and I'm looking forward to getting started, hopefully playing every week and enjoying my football."

Earlier City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: "I am very happy for the player because it is an important chance to return in his career.

"Maybe here he didn't have too many chances here in Manchester City because we have important and top players in his position, but I am sure if he starts playing there he will demonstrate what a good player he is."

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