Great Scott and the Isco kid
- Tue 30 Oct 2012, 9:00AM
- Posted by David Clayton
With most sports writers leading on the Micah Richards injury confirmation we brought you yesterday, we’ll focus on Scott Sinclair and his battle for first-team action plus Malaga's brightest talent.
Sinclair, with only three appearances to date, is patiently waiting for a chance to force his way into manager Roberto Mancini’s plans – a story picked up by the Daily Mirror’s David Anderson.
He writes: “Scott Sinclair is prepared to bide his time at Manchester City after barely making any impact in his first two months at Eastlands.
“The 23-year-old winger has made just two starts since a £6.2million switch from Swansea on deadline day in August, but he knows the competition for places is cut-throat at the champions.
“He is confident he will get more opportunities impress Roberto Mancini over the coming weeks and months as the Blues boss rotates his star-studded squad.
“‘I don't know how often I'll play, because competition for places is intense,’ said Sinclair, who played for Great Britain at this summer's Olympics. ‘But I made my debut against Stoke and then played against Arsenal and Aston Villa.
“‘All I can do now is concentrate on the next game and give 100 per cent. I'm just looking forward to playing in any games. All I can do is try to make an impact when the opportunity arises.
“‘I'll aim to improve off all the world-class players here. Everyone will be rotated, so it's down to the manager's choice. I’ll just work hard and try and get the nod again.’”
The Sun believe the Blues would look to add to their firepower in January, targeting one of La Liga’s hottest talents.
Phil Thomas, claiming an exclusive, writes: “Malaga are making a last-ditch bid to try and stop Isco fever hitting the Etihad.
“Manchester City’s newly appointed director of football Txiki Begiristain has wasted no time in recommending £30million-rated Isco.
“City boss Roberto Mancini was already a fan of the man dubbed the new Cesc Fabregas in Spain.
“And he watched Malaga’s midfield star, 20, in action against Atletico Madrid this month.
“Isco made such progress last season that he won a Spanish call-up in May and had a £17m buy-out clause put in his contract.
“But now Malaga are trying to agree a new deal and increase that trigger to £30m, which they hope will be enough to deter City and Real Madrid, who are also interested”