Sinclair urges Swans to believe

The 22-year-old spent five years with the Blues after joining

from Bristol Rovers as a 16-year-old, but found first-team

opportunities hard to come by.

Sinclair made just 14 appearance for the Blues and was loaned

out to Plymouth, QPR, Charlton, Crystal Palace and Birmingham,

before making the decision to leave permanently in the summer of


His move to Swansea worked out better than the England Under-21

international could have hoped, as Sinclair scored 27 goals to help

the club secure promotion to the top flight, before adding six

goals this term.

The winger found the target from the spot in Swansea’s last home

game, a superb 3-2 win over Arsenal which followed an excellent 1-1

draw with Tottenham.

And with Chelsea rounding out the trio of Liberty Stadium

fixtures against London’s top clubs, Sinclair is desperate to claim

another big scalp.

“It would be brilliant if we can beat them,” he said. “We have

drawn with Tottenham and beaten Arsenal and if we can get three

points this would be another big game to win.

“It would be amazing, and obviously for myself it would be one

of the best wins of my career.”

And Sinclair has cited the belief gained from that stunning

success against the Gunners as key if Swansea are to pull off

another upset, and gain revenge for the 4-1 defeat they suffered at

Stamford Bridge in September.

“Once you have that belief you always go into every game feeling

you have a chance and if we play like we did against Arsenal we

will give every team a fight, and try to win,” he said. “The defeat

at Chelsea was early doors, everyone was trying to settle into the

Premier League, but we have learnt so much more since then and we

have improved.

“The team in Chelsea won’t be worried about Swansea they will

just come down and play their football. It will be their manager’s

job to explain the way we play but they won’t know how we’ve

improved since the first time we played them.”

Chelsea will travel to south Wales without John Terry after the

England captain was ruled out by a knee injury.

Swansea, meanwhile, will restore a host of players to their

line-up having opted to make changes for the FA Cup exit at


Swansea and Manchester City are the only sides not to have

suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats this season, but the

Welsh side will need to avoid losing to the Blues to maintain that


And Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers knows a stern test will await

his side.

He said: “We know it s a tough ask but we have a great belief

here and we want to continue with that.”