Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup happy with his lot
MICHAEL Laudrup admits he is happy with life after Scott Sinclair as Swansea City get set for a reunion with their former winger.
Laudrup allowed Sinclair to join Manchester City in August after the flyer revealed that he was not interested in signing a new Liberty contract.
Swansea banked an initial £6.2 million for a player they signed for just £1.5 million — and quickly reinvested the cash in Valencia's Pablo Hernandez.
The Spanish international is one of three senior widemen at Swansea along with Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge.
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And though Sinclair netted 36 goals in two years at Swansea, Laudrup is content with his current options.
"You always would like to have quality in your squad, but we have three good players in that position," said the Swansea manager.
"If we had Scott it would have been four and more difficult for me, because then probably one of the four would have had to be outside the 18 sometimes and that's not nice when you are talking about players of that level.
"That's why I'm happy with the three players I have in that position right now — they are always around the team.
"I don't need to have a fourth one — I think in that positions we are well covered right now."
Sinclair's only goal so far this season came in his final appearance for Swansea, as a substitute in the opening-day romp at Queens Park Rangers.
He has featured only three times so far for City and is yet to play 90 minutes in the sky blue shirt.
There is a suggestion he could start against his old club tomorrow, though, particularly as there are doubts over the fitness of David Silva.
"I think it's possible he could play," Laudrup added.
"I think Scott knew that it would be difficult to get games when you see who is in his position — players like (Samir) Nasri and (James) Milner.
"When you are in a squad like that, you have to take your opportunities when you get them. You have to try to do your best. Scott has individual quality when he is one against one, and nobody gives you anything for free in this life.
"When Manchester City offered him a contract, it was because they felt he can be useful for them.
"Sometimes you buy players to play every game and sometimes to be part of the squad. But Manchester City have so much money that they could have bought almost any player. In the end they went for Scott, so they obviously wanted him."
There are some in these parts who have suggested Sinclair, who never broke through properly at Chelsea, made a bad call when he opted for City.
The former England Under-21 man had made his name with Swansea having been a regular during two seasons in Wales, but now looks to be a back-up player at the Etihad.
Asked if Sinclair had made a mistake by joining the champions, Laudrup said: "That's not a question you should ask me.
"It depends on the mentality of the player. It's easy for us on the outside to say you should do this or that.
"He got the chance to go to a big club on a great contract I imagine. I imagine he knew the risks because of the competition there."