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good deal alround I thin. I kow Dave the Green will be happy. Anyway, on a more serious note, do you think he will be ready for first team at Chelsea?

I can see us having him back for the pre season circus, and then maybe loaning him out on a longer (1 year) deal if he fails to make it


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Hard to say - only really seen him in the recent FA Cup game against Watford and in that 90 minutes I saw enough to make me think I would like to see him getting a few chances next season.

Having said that it may well be that spending an entire season on loan playing regular first team football may be better for him in terms of development than getting the odd appearance for our first team but mainly playing for the reserves.

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Having said that it may well be that spending an entire season on loan playing regular first team football may be better for him in terms of development than getting the odd appearance for our first team but mainly playing for the reserves.

I agree. Only bring him back if we are actually planning on using him

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Sinclair is a great prospect, but is still very young, and it is way too soon to talk about him establishing himself in the first team.

So, extending his loan is a great idea.

Basically, he has proven over the last year or so that he is a standout player at reserve-team level. The next step is to prove himself at Plymouth as their standout player.

Even then, don't be surprised to see him loaned out to a Premiership-standard club before he gets his chance with us.

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isn't scott playing on the left of a four man midfield for plymouth?

Yes and may I say is doing a bleddy good job and is keeping Hungarian international Peter Halmosi and former Man United youngster Bojan Djordjic out of the team at the moment both are much better with their left foot than Scott but neither are anywhere near as talented

Has also played a couple of games upfront and on the right wing and has done a capable job in both positions but looks most comfortable on the left of 4

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A good piece on him from Steve Claridge at The Guardian:

Scotty Sinclair: The new Ronaldo? (The greasy one, not lard arse).

Scott Sinclair, Plymouth Argyle

Steve Claridge

Tuesday March 20, 2007

The Guardian

Check this lad's passport. I must have been a slow developer because Scott Sinclair, at 17, is a very special player even at that age. I'm not one to go over the top about youngsters whose careers are still in their infancy and can go one way or another. This teenager still has an awful lot to learn if he is to fulfil his potential but already all the signs suggest Sinclair could take the game by storm.

Whether he goes on to prosper will depend as much upon him as a person as him as a player but even there the signs are promising. Taken from Bristol Rovers - whom he had joined at nine - by Chelsea in 2005, he has been touted as the first young player to come through the ranks and make his mark at the club since Roman Abramovich took over and that in itself is an indication of how good he is.

Chelsea allowed him to go on loan to Plymouth and he has clearly benefited under Ian Holloway. You can see a little of Cristiano Ronaldo in his play. He is comfortable on either foot, attacks people at real pace and can go either way. Like the Manchester United winger, he benefits from incredibly quick feet and is as pacey with the ball as without it. Against Watford in the FA Cup sixth round he was such a threat that the visitors were forced to change personnel to combat him.

His attitude was fantastic, getting goal-side and doubling up on his opponent, helping his full-back out and, in turn, showing a facet of his character that suggests this boy has a chance. That, as far as I'm concerned, was as important as witnessing the obvious ability that he has.

He was quite mature in the way he played. His positioning when joining in attacks meant that, when he had to offer his team-mates an option slightly inside where he normally played, he did it cleverly without congesting things in the centre. Similarly, when the time was right, he made the pitch big again.

I've played with players whose game is solely based around pace. If you put similar pace up against them, then it will negate their threat. But Sinclair has so much more to offer. There's an unpredictability when needed - someone who can see a pass early from wide positions. His choices of when to beat his man or release the ball when he was one against one, or when teams doubled up on him, also meant he created space for others just by his presence.

The kid has scored four times this campaign but two would have to be considered goals of the season: against Barnet in the Cup and Crystal Palace on Saturday. On both occasions he collected the ball deep inside his own half, ran the length of the pitch and then showed that little bit extra that all great players require - the strength and composure to finish brilliantly. The shot he bent over Gabor Kiraly and in off the crossbar on Saturday was stunning.

People say we don't produce young talent in this country any more. Believe you me, we have a good set of young lads coming through and Sinclair could prove the best of the lot.

How he rates

Age 17

Born Bath

Position Forward

Height 5ft 9in

Weight 10st 10lb

From Chelsea, on loan since January

Pace 9/10

Attitude 9/10

Shooting 9/10

Passing 8/10

Team responsibility 9/10

Valuation Could be anything. Chelsea would be mad to let him go

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Met him outside the stadium after the cc final and he seemed like a nice guy. His pace and finishing are both v.good and the technical side of the game will surely improve. Definately should keep him

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