Another promising youngster, another spell that didn’t quite work out.
Much was thought of 19-year-old striker Jerome Sinclair at Liverpool, but it didn’t quite work out under new manager Jurgen Klopp and a £4m transfer to Watford has just gone through. There was a mixed reception from Reds fans when he announced his departure, with some glad to see the back of him, whilst some thought there was some untapped promise waiting to emerge.
But Vicarage Road is his new destination and Hornets fans can now look forward to seeing their new man when the season begins in August.
But what can Watford fans expect from Sinclair, and can he have a big part to play in a side dominated by Troy Deeney and ‘£38m man’ Odion Ighalo?
Here’s FIVE reasons why Sinclair could shine at Watford…
At 19, there is still heaps of potential to unlock in Jerome Sinclair. He’s managed a good run at Liverpool where competition is tough and he’s had to deal with managerial departures and such, but the club obviously saw something in him as to keep hold of the striker.
There will be hope that some good form could result in a reintroduction to the England youth set-ups and a good first-team run but it might take some patience.
Whilst his goalscoring record for the Liverpool first-team might not be fantastic due to lack of opportunities, his time spent in the U-18s was particularly good for Sinclair. He scored a hat-trick in one particular U-18s game against Exeter whilst he also scored another five goals in his side’s pre-season run that year.
Promise counts for a lot in modern-day football these days. After all, it’s easier than ever for clubs to bring in big-money names rather than give academy products a chance to shine.
But Liverpool were quick to make Sinclair their youngest ever player at 16 years and six days old back in 2012, highlighting their faith in the player at a crucial time in his development.
When the news of his departure broke on social media, there was a mixed response regarding Sinclair’s immediate future. Some fans weren’t bothered but there were a considerable amount of Reds followers that were sad to see him go.
His time was somewhat blighted by contract issues and a lot of this was out of his hands, so it was nice to see some Liverpool fans bid him a fond farewell after everything that’s gone on.
A quick YouTube search of Jerome Sinclair will bring up dozens of examples of his blistering pace, and how he’s used that to devastating effect in his young career.
And that’s one thing that is important to remember – Sinclair is only 19 and is by no means the finished article. He’s got a lot to work on but when it’s so clear he has some excellent traits already – Hornets supporters should be excited.