Britton Sets Sights on Hawthorns Win against Pal Scott to Get League Campaign Up and Running; SWANS IN THE PREM

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Britton Sets Sights on Hawthorns Win against Pal Scott to Get League Campaign Up and Running; SWANS IN THE PREM


LEON BRITTON wants Swansea City to start all over again tomorrow.

The danger for Michael Laudrup's men is that so does Scott Sinclair.

Britton was referring to the fact the Swans are yet to put a Premier League point on the board from their opening two games, hoping The Hawthorns can be the springboard for ongoing success this season. But, up against him will be an old friend and former team-mate who is aiming for a similar platform in the west Midlands. While Swansea's faltering has only been for a fortnight - and that containing a caveat of games against champions and Champions League chasers - Sinclair's slump has continued since leaving the Liberty Stadium.

A promotion hero at the Swans, the winger quit in a PS7.5m move to Manchester City almost exactly a year ago.

The fact there was interest from bigger clubs was not a surprise; the fact he jumped having complained so much at being on the fringes at Chelsea beforehand, was.

And so there have been plenty of 'told you so's' with South Wales accents when he mustered just 174 Premier League minutes and two starts under Roberto Mancini, leaving on loan following his replacement by Manuel Pelligrini. Sinclair, who made his Baggies bow against Newport County in the Capital One Cup in midweek, denies any regret - although there is the wonder whether he would admit it if there was.

"It's exciting to be playing Swansea," Sinclair, 24, said.

"I haven't played against them since I left.

"I'll always love the club and I'll always love the fans down there.

"I had some amazing times down there - getting promoted and scoring a fair few goals at the Liberty.

"I have some great memories from my time there, it felt like home.

"I was playing every week at Swansea but I was ambitious to try to improve myself by joining City.

"But I don't regret the decision to go there."

Now home is The Hawthorns, and Britton knows Sinclair (pictured right) has the capabilities to prove his worth all over again - and knows Swansea will have to be on guard.

"It will be good to see Scotty," said Britton, himself someone who experienced that the grass is not always greener away from the Liberty when he left for Sheffield United in 2010, only to return six months later. "We saw him at Manchester City but obviously he hasn't featured too much up there so far.

"It will be good to see him because he played a massive part in getting us to where we are.

"And I think he will be a success at West Brom. He is a very good professional and he is a good player.

"It has not worked out for him at City so far and he needs to go and play games.

"He had the season with us in the Premier League and now he has had a season off.

"But he's a good player, he showed that when he was with us and I think he will show it at West Brom."

Whether that means the law of the ex will hurt Swansea tomorrow is another thing, with Sinclair likely to start on the bench.

"We hope not," added Britton, sent off for the third time in his Swansea career in the Europa League second leg defeat to Petrolul in midweek. "We know his game that's the good thing. Hopefully that will help us because we know what he likes to do.

"These things happen - you always talk about ex-players coming back to haunt you - but hopefully that won't be the case."

With Nicolas Anelka set to return to the West Brom line-up following the death of his agent, Swansea's wariness will not start and stop with Sinclair. …

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