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West Bromwich Albion FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 09:24 22nd August 2013

ALBION boosted their attacking options by signing Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

He arrived with a wealth of Barclays Premier League experience having also played for Chelsea, Swansea and Wigan in the top flight.

And he is a player Steve Clarke knows well having seen him come through the ranks at Stamford Bridge earlier in his career.

Sinclair played for England from Under-17s to Under-21s level and represented Team GB at the 2012 summer Olympics.

He is renowned for his pace and trickery and has a reputation for scoring individual goals.

The Bath-born forward joined Bristol Rovers as a nine-year-old and became their second-youngest debutant – aged 15 years and 277 days – in a League Two clash with Leyton Orient in December 2004.

Chelsea snapped him up for a tribunal-set fee in July 2005 and he spent five years with the London club.

He made his first-team debut as a late substitute in a League Cup semi-final clash with Wycombe Wanderers in January, 2007.

Sinclair, who scored his first senior goal for Chelsea in a 4-0 League Cup win over Hull during the 2007/08 campaign, enjoyed loan spells at Plymouth, QPR, Charlton and Crystal Palace to gain first-team experience.

The 5ft8in ace also spent the second half of the 2008/09 season at Birmingham, helping them win automatic promotion to the top flight.

Sinclair’s form encouraged Wigan to snap him up for the following campaign, when he made his first real impact on the Barclays Premier League under then-Latics boss Roberto Martinez.

In summer 2010, he joined Swansea on a permanent basis and quickly became a fans’ favourite at the Liberty Stadium.

He scored 19 goals in his first season for the Swans, including a play-off final hat-trick in a 4-2 Wembley win over Reading to make them the first Welsh club to reach the Barclays Premier League.

Sinclair carried that form into the top flight, scoring eight goals in 37 games, prompting then-Premier League champions City to splash £6.2million to take him to the Etihad Stadium last summer, where he found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

In total, before joining the Baggies, Sinclair made 211 career league appearances, including 64 as a substitute, scoring 53 times.