Forgotten man Scott Sinclair insists he has no regrets leaving Swansea, and says he would have lacked ambition if he had snubbed Manchester City.
is in line for his Premier League debut for against his former club Swansea tomorrow.
It will be Sinclair’s first game against the Swans since quitting for City, the then champions, a year ago in a £6million move.
Sinclair, 24, collected £52,000 a week at the Etihad on a four-year contract. But he started just two league games.
A year on, and after getting no answers from ex-boss Roberto Mancini on his lack of chances, the unhappy star was desperate to quit.
He said: “People say why did you leave Swansea to go to Man City? But the thing is, if I stayed at Swansea, people would say I am not ambitious enough.
“I was playing every week at Swansea and enjoying my football, but I was ambitious enough to go out and think I would try and improve and play with top-class players. When I did leave it was the decision I made and I don’t regret it.
“In football sometimes those chances don’t come around again. But I got so frustrated at not getting an opportunity at City.
“I knew it was going to be very difficult to break into the Man City team and they then spent another £100m this season. How is a player worth less than that ever going to get a chance to play? I have three years left on my contract and I could have sat there and not been bothered.
“But I wasn’t happy there and I am young and still hungry to play football. It is better playing for West Brom every week than being on Man City’s bench.”
Sinclair is desperate to settle down and earn a permanent switch and believes Baggies coach Steve Clarke – who he played under at Chelsea – will bring the best out of him.
“I think Steve will be great for me,” said Sinclair. “Having a manager who believes in you and knows you is a big part of where I wanted to go and where I wanted to play.”
Sinclair’s season was rounded off in wretched circumstances in May when diagnosed with a blood clot in his shoulder which led to a rib being removed.
The fit-again ace added: “My arm blew up for six or seven days. I had a scan and they said, ‘You have a clot’.
“I had to go into surgery straightaway and a couple of days after that I had a rib out.
“It was a very big shock. It hasn’t been a good year so far but I have got over it and want to get my career back on track.”
WestBrom striker Nicolas Anelka is available against Swansea after missing the last two games while on compassionate leave. Matej Vydra misses out (hamstring).
Swanseamanager Michael Laudrup will hope to restore Ashley Williams, Wilfried Bony and Jonjo Shelvey to his side after minor injuries.