Scott Sinclair’s January arrival came with much fanfare, but he maybe hasn’t quite lived up to expectations yet.
Preston swooped to sign Sinclair in January, saving him from the Celtic sidelines having fallen completely out of favour under Neil Lennon in 2019.
Sinclair looked bright on his full debut against Charlton Athletic, and scored his first Preston goal with an outstanding strike against Swansea City on February 1st.
However, he hasn’t been able to kick on since then. He had a great chance to score against Wigan Athletic, firing wide when played in by Ben Pearson, and he’s had limited impact in games against Stoke City, Millwall and now Hull City.
Of course, Sinclair is still trying to reach full fitness again after being a misfit at Celtic, and Alex Neil has been managing his minutes having substituted him no later than the 75th minute in the last four games.
Trying to play the 30-year-old into form and fitness will naturally have its ups and downs, and there’s no real need to worry just yet, but North End hero McKenna hasn’t been convinced of late.
Paul McKenna: "This might be controversial, but I think Sinclair can count himself lucky to keep his place. I've watched him the last few weeks and he's done very little." pic.twitter.com/lhFMppbt7x
— North End Report (@northendreport) February 22, 2020
Speaking to iFollow before Saturday’s game and as quoted by North End Report on Twitter, McKenna feels his opinion may be seen as ‘controversial’, but he thinks Sinclair is a little lucky to keep his place in the starting lineup.
McKenna thinks Sinclair has done ‘very little’ in recent weeks, and seemingly thinks our big-name addition may need to look over his shoulder after some below-par displays.
We may not see the best of Sinclair for a little while yet, but the hope will be that he can provide the moments of magic – like he did against Swansea – to help Preston in the playoff race.