West Brom's Pepe Mel backs Scott Sinclair to make an impact

Pepe Mel today claimed Albion misfit Scott Sinclair can still become a “great player” despite the loanee’s exile from the Baggies squad.

Scott Sinclair
Scott Sinclair is likely to be on the move in the summer

Sinclair has been axed from Mel’s squad for the last two matches after failing to make an impact following his summer loan switch from Manchester City. But Mel believes the winger could still help his chances of a permanent move to The Hawthorns by performing in the final month.

And the Spaniard says the 25-year-old ex-Chelsea man can still resurrect his career despite two frustrating seasons with City and Albion, during which he has made just six league starts and his relationship with former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan has attracted more headlines than his football.

“He is an intelligent and professional player,” said Mel. “He’s been slightly unfortunate in the games in which he’s come on, because things haven’t worked out well for him. But he’s definitely got a future.”

Mel insists Sinclair could still make an impact in the remaining six matches. “We’re all playing for our futures in six games,” said the Spaniard.

“If he continues to work as hard as he is now, then he’ll have no problems in becoming a great player.”

Meanwhile, Mel insists Zoltan Gera is on course to play again for Albion despite a hamstring injury ruling him out for up to a month. Gera’s contract expires in the summer, when he is expected to leave, but Mel said: “If I had to bet on whether he will play again, I would say yes.”

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Comments for: "West Brom's Pepe Mel backs Scott Sinclair to make an impact"


Pepe - if you think that Scott has a future with Albion I need to question your football acumen.

A good player at Swansea, but got into the big time charlie syndrome at Man City and is nowhere near the player he was.

Having said that we will probably go and sign him permanently knowing us.

Mike Baggies Fan (Coseley)

I totally agree with Simmo54,If you think Scott Sinclaire has a future at Albion then I don't think Pepe Mel will be at the Hawthorns next season, lets face it he has been a big disappointment and a complete waste of money so he will be on the way back to Man City .In fact we need to start sorting these players out now and not leave to the last minute like we did towards the end of this season.

Medway Baggie

So Simmo and Mike, you'd basically say to Sinclair "You might as well pack you bags and go". Can't you see what Pepe is doing. He is trying to build up the guys confidence and esteem just in case in the last few matches we need him due to injury or suspension. It's called man management and if used incorrectly has a detrimental effect on people. I know. One manager once told me that I would never get promoted as long as he had a hole in his backside and then wondered why I wasn't as productive as I once was.

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Its called bull***t Medway

Pepe is too nice. He should not have said a thing.

And to boost someone up and then leave him out the 18 selected squad players counteracts your man management theory. In your scenario you should never rubbish your players anyway.

And yes I would tell him to pack his bags and clear off now -

along with Lugano because I would rather relay on the enthusiasm of our young players like O'neil than see his pitiful efforts in a Baggies shirt. I aint his manager so I can say what i truly feel.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Spot on Medway. An excellent post and like you say, if we need him surely it's better to have a player feeling part of the club than one who will be thinking 'they don't want me, why should I bother.'

There is also the small fact that Pepe sees him in training and is therefore just a bit more qualified to judge how he is performing.


Is there anything you can say after Saturday and the game with Cardiff......?