Scott Sinclair was a major coup for Preston North End in January 2020, but the winger is now fighting for his future at Deepdale.
Preston had failed to really replace Callum Robinson in the summer of 2019, but finally got their man in Sinclair.
After a superb start against Swansea City, things became tough for Sinclair. He was struggling to impact games and then the pandemic halt, halting football.
Sinclair immediately scored after football’s return, but his time at Preston has been mixed.
The 32-year-old did manage nine goals last season, but he earned the tag of a ‘moments’ player – somebody who didn’t contribute much throughout games, but could score at any moment.
This term has been difficult. Sinclair has only managed 178 minutes of league action due to a bout of COVID-19.
Sinclair does have two goals in the Carabao Cup, but it’s hard to see exactly where he fits into this Preston team right now.
Frankie McAvoy is playing without wingers right now, and shoehorning Sinclair into a striker role seems like a square peg in a round hole.
Tuesday’s brace against Rochdale in the Lancashire Senior Cup is the start of Sinclair’s fight to stay at Preston.
Sinclair’s Preston contract ends this summer and you would have to say that, right now, an extension looks unlikely.
Sinclair undoubtedly has great quality. He was a hero at Celtic, smashing 62 goals in 167 games for the Bhoys.
Celtic fans loved Sinclair, and he wrote himself into history by winning three successive trebles.
Many north of the border are probably surprised that things aren’t going perfectly for Sinclair at Preston having seen him dominate Scottish football.
With his exit looming as things stand, let’s see if Sinclair can hit top form soon and earn a Preston stay; he absolutely has the goalscoring ability to turn things around.