A lot has been said about Sinclair this season, more to the fact he hasn’t stood out as much as last season, at least not in the right way. I’d agree with that to an extent.
His finishing hasn’t been as good which was evident against Rangers but I don’t think he played as poor as people think. I think views are blurred by his missed chances and him pulling out of a 50/50 which while I agree you hate to see it but it doesn’t tar his whole performance.
He went by his man with ease out times, whether he was cutting in or going on the outside, he was unlucky with his chances and you would expect him to take his chances so that was frustrating but his positioning was great and on the ball he showed glimpses of what he can do on top form.
It’s clear he doesn’t take his man on as much this season as last. Last season he had a 50% success rate in attempted dribbles and now he roughly fails 2 for every successful 1 (celticbynumbers). He attempts much fewer this season and has openly admitted he’s changed his game to be more of a goal threat.
However, I’d say he was much more of a goal threat last season when he ran at players and cut in, he is still having an excellent season in terms of goals and assists which stats support with 15 goals and 13 assists in 34 games, that’s an excellent return from a player having a “poor” season.
I’d love for Sinclair to go back to his old style of play, it suited him and Celtic much better and he stood out. He was exciting to watch and always had you on the edge of your seat as you knew he could produce a bit of magic to unlock a defence.
He may not be catching the eye but he’s far from having a poor season, I would say the new style of play isn’t working as well as he’d hope but it has still been effective and his stats show just how important he is to this team.
He’s another who hasn’t really had much of a rest due to injuries to players like Hayes and that will also have been creeping into his game but after the break, he’ll be recharged and ready to go, hopefully, he can get back to his top drawer displays and I’m sure he will.