After a shaky 2014/15 season saw Aston Villa cling onto their Premier League status by the skin of their teeth, their fans were hoping for a big summer to reestablish themselves.
Tim Sherwood had arrived after Paul Lambert’s sacking in February and managed to steer the club clear of the drop zone thanks to five wins in their last ten matched but now he needed to bring in some real quality.
Nearly £60million was spent on new arrivals that summer as the club went all out to make sure they would not find themselves in another relegation scrap.
A left winger was also to move to the club before the end of the window who had spent the second half of the previous campaign with the club.
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BREAKING: Aston Villa sign Scott Sinclair from Manchester City on four-year-deal #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 19, 2015
That man was Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair.
After making the move from Swansea City, he found himself severely lacking in game time at the Etihad and was finally offered a route out by Sherwood who paid £3million to bring him back to Villa Park permanently.
He had spent the second half of the 2014/15 season on loan with Villa but only contributed one goal in 11 matches.
But the fans were still happy to see him back and hoped he could recapture his form…
@SkySportsNewsHQ hes better than david silva
— aaron (@aaronbayern) May 19, 2015
@SkySportsNewsHQ good work Scotty Boy! UTV
— David Fahey (@villahagler69) May 19, 2015
@SkySportsNewsHQ great news for villa!!! ???????? GET IN SINCLAIR!
— Ollie (@Ollie_mason) May 19, 2015
But it was not to work out well for the winger at all.
Sherwood frequently started him throughout the campaign, but despite the starts, Sinclair could never deliver on the pitch.
Two goals against Sunderland in a 2-2 draw in the club’s fourth game of the season teased that he could well spring into life, however.
But they were to be his only direct contributions to the team that season despite starting fairly frequently for the rest of the season.
He ended the campaign with just those two goals to his name and had the unwanted badge of being a first-team regular in what was a horrific season for the club, finishing rock bottom and 17 points behind anyone else.
Sinclair left at the end of the season for Celtic for just over £1million, no doubt determined to quickly forget about his spell with the club.