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Stage set for Scott to turn on that old magic for Swans; Lee Trundle's assessment of Swans star man Scott Sinclair.

LEE TRUNDLE has backed Scott Sinclair to take his Swans idol crown - and reckons derby day is the perfect time to do it.

Sinclair has already established himself as a fan favourite at the Liberty following his fine start to Swansea City life.

With 11 goals from 12 starts and a string of game-winning displays, it's an impact that has not been felt since Trundle first made his Magic Daps name at the old Vetch.

But Trundle has been left hugely impressed by the new man with the entertainer's tag at the Swans.

And, with the stage for this Sunday's South Wales showdown set, the Scouser says Sinclair can underline his tremendous talent when it matters most.

"He's a real asset," says Trundle of the 21-year-old Sinclair, signed from Chelsea by boss Brendan Rodgers in August for an initial pounds 500,000. The money is already looking like a sound investment. "Everything about him has really impressed me. His touch is superb and then you've got that pace - he is just quality.

"Then you've got the fact he's already got 11 goals to his name. That's impressive in itself but when you consider most of his work is out wide it says something.

"His speed is something that stands out but it's his touch and awareness that puts him into the right areas and then he has the ability to beat defenders.

"When you add that pace on top then he's almost unplayable."

Although very different players, Sinclair shares the similarity with Trundle of putting punters on the edge of their seats with the former Chelsea youngster having threatened to score several 'goals of the season' already this year.

"He's the type of player you'd pay money to go and watch," admits Neath striker Trundle, currently promoting his recently-released autobiography. "For me, that's what football's about and he's someone who excites you when he goes past people.

"You're always going to get the fans behind you when you score goals but it's the way he's playing that makes him a bit special.

"I was always appreciative of the support I got at Swansea when I tried to be a bit different.

"But if he does it in the derby then he'll be a real hero - and I'll be cheering as much as anyone."

"It's the perfect stage for him," he adds. "Everyone will have noticed how he's started and taken a few of the headlines but in such a big game and with it being televised then he can really show what he's made of on Sunday.

"He's settled in brilliantly but I think there's more to come from him and he's got a great chance to show that.

"I'm sure the other lads in the team have been telling him what the game means to the supporters and being in the city he'll have already been caught up in how important it is to both sides - even more so now with where the two teams are in the table.

"But players like him shine on the big stage and I'm sure he'll do the same, hopefully with a couple of goals."

Given his record in front of goal this term, Sinclair has a chance of doing just that.

But while his mazy runs have caught the eye, the Bath-born flier has been happy to take the tap-ins as he adds to his tally.

"Even if he has quiet games where he doesn't have a lot of the ball he always arrives in the areas to score goals," boss Rodgers said of Sinclair after he started the ball rolling against Palace on Saturday from close range. "When you're a manager or coach you tell your players that when the ball comes in from the opposite side, make sure your winger or wide player is in there on the back post."

And Trundle admits it seems the wideman is a perfect fit for Swansea's system as he benefits from getting into the areas that hurt opponents.

It's a marked difference to last year where Paulo Sousa's side were too cautious with their possession.

But Trundle, who notched 91 goals for the Swans, thinks there will be no easing off the ambition at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.

"Last year we didn't go for it when we had the chance," Trundle says, an unused sub in Cardiff last year denying him a derby debut - something he describes as one of the biggest regrets of his career. "But I don't think that will be the case with the way Brendan sets his side out. He will want the players to push forward as they have done this year.

"A lot of people are talking about it being attack against defence but Swansea have players who can make things happen going forward and I hope we'll see that on Sunday."


Scott Sinclair can make a huge derby-day impact, says former fans' favourite Lee Trundle
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Nov 3, 2010
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