The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Man City

Monday, 10 August 2015, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Mel: Sinclair has part to play

West Brom head coach Pepe Mel insists forgotten winger Scott Sinclair still has a role to play in the Baggies' Premier League survival bid this season.

Last Updated: 24/02/14 at 13:10 Post Comment

Pepe Mel: West Brom boss has told winger Scott Sinclair he still has part to pla

Pepe Mel: West Brom boss has told winger Scott Sinclair he still has part to pla

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Since joining Albion on a season-long loan from Manchester City back in August, Sinclair has made just 10 appearances due to injuries, including six starts.

But, despite being fit since Mel's arrival, Sinclair has made just one 45-minute substitute outing under the Spaniard.

Sinclair's lack of activity resulted in talks between the two, with Mel suggesting given the club's perilous position, just one point above the drop zone, that he wanted more sweat than flair from his players.

"On Friday Scott spoke with me," Mel said. "I told him he is a good player, a good winger, but at the moment West Brom need hard work on the pitch.

"I assured him he will play in the future. Of course, it is normal he is disappointed he is not playing. All the players want to play, this is normal.

"But for me I can only pick 11 players, and this makes it difficult for me every day."

Mel is also hoping Argentina midfielder Claudio Yacob is fit for Albion's next clash with Manchester United at the Hawthorns on March 8.

Yacob missed Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Fulham with a hamstring injury sustained in the match with Chelsea 11 days previously.

Mel added: "He is a very important player for us in the middle. He is strong and is playing well.

"It is possible Yacob will be available to play against United."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

suarez_blind
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

N

o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

spence
F365's Top Ten Players We Can't Wait To Watch

I

think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

GVMUFC
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

Footer 365

United plummet below City in rankings

Manchester United have fallen four places behind Manchester City and dropped to 20th overall in UEFA's club coefficient rankings.

Gareth Bale says he's happy at Real Madrid

Wales star Gareth Bale insists he's settled with Real Madrid and wants to play in a central attacking role for them.

Sky Sports awarded La Liga for another three seasons

Sky Sports will remain the home of La Liga for another three seasons thanks to a new broadcast agreement announced today.

Mail Box

Chelsea Are Stronger Than Last Season

One Chelsea fan points out that they won the league last year and have improved, so... Plus thoughts on United worries, pre-season predictions, Valdes and Chuba...

Louis Van Gaal Only Wants Football Robots

Louis van Gaal only wants players who are human robots, apparently. It's a great Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Audi Cup, Fabregas, Lingard and Joe Gomez...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company