Who is Jerome Sinclair? The skilful ex-Liverpool striker joining Sunderland from Watford

Jerome Sinclair has signed a season-long loan deal with Sunderland, but who is the Watford youngster?

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 26 July, 2018, 09:37

Sinclair will hope to take on a starring role and help fire Sunderland to promotion this season, but what do we know about him?

From an upbringing that saw him earn club and international honours to his preferred style of play, here's everything you need to know about Sunderland's latest recruit:

The former Watford man has joined Sunderland

Key Details:

Age - 21

Position - Striker / Winger

Photo: Sunderland AFC

Senior career appearances - 22

Where has he played before?

Sinclair comes with some impressive pedigree, having started his career in the academy at Liverpool.

He progressed through the ranks at the Reds - picking up international honours at U16 and U17 level along the way - before making his way into the club's senior set-up.

When making his senior debut for Liverpool in 2012, Sinclair became the club's youngest ever first team player. That record still stands today.

The striker enjoyed a nine-game loan spell at Wigan in 2015 before returning to Anfield in time to net his first senior goal in a 2-2 draw at Exeter in the FA Cup.

MORE: Lynden Gooch reveals how Sunderland's new system gets the best out of himHaving found first team opportunities hard to come by, Sinclair made the move to Watford in 2016 after a £4m fee was agreed with Liverpool.

But since moving to Vicarage Road, the striker has made only 11 first team appearances, while he was also sent out on loan to Birmingham.

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Nonetheless, his time at two big Premier League clubs means that Sinclair will come with a good footballing knowledge and plenty of experience at a higher level - something which will undoubtedly stand him in good stead this season.

What type of player is he?

Direct, pacy and with bags of skill in his locker, Sinclair will give defenders plenty to think about.

The striker's goal-scoring record may not inspire too much confidence, but he has struggled for regular football over recent years.

If he is given a regular run of games at the Stadium of Light, then Sinclair could prove a fine addition.

MORE: Why Sunderland gambled on Jerome Sinclair - and what's next in the striker chase?His pace will be seen as a useful asset and is something that is a necessity in League One, where backlines can be stretched with some clever changes of speed and movement.

Sinclair is fairly physically strong too which, yet again, will allow him to cope with the demands of third tier football.

What have managers said about him?

Former managers have generally been complimentary of Sinclair, praising both his on and off-pitch conduct.

After handing him a senior debut, former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said of the striker: "It is no good being the youngest player and then drifting out of it, but thankfully, he's a good kid."

LIVE: Transfer latest from the Stadium of Light in our live blogRodgers' praise of his 'good' character will please Sunderland fans and the club's hierarchy alike, with the focus on recruiting the right characters a priority this summer.

How will he fit into Jack Ross' side?

Ross has been desperate for new strikers this summer, with Josh Maja and Andrew Nelson the only two out-and-out strikers currently on the books, so Sinclair should fit into the side fairly seamlessly.

His versatility means that Ross could utilise him in several different ways.

Whether the Sunderland boss plays with a lone striker or with two up top, Sinclair will be able to perform a job down the middle.

There is also the option of playing him out wide and allowing his pace to come to the fore.