08/06/2016

FACTFILE: Sinclair's 10 Essential Facts

FOLLOWING the arrival of forward Jerome Sinclair from Liverpool, get to know your new Golden Boy with these 10 essential facts: 

1) Aged 19, Sinclair was born in Birmingham on September 20, 1996. 

2) He initially joined the West Bromwich Albion Academy as a youngster, before signing for Liverpool as a 15-year-old once his contract at West Brom expired. 

3) Upon his arrival on Merseyside, he soon became the youngest ever player to represent Liverpool. On September 26, 2012, aged just 16 years and six days, he came off the bench in Liverpool's 2-1 League Cup Third Round win over former club West Brom. In comparison, Michael Owen made his debut at 17 years and 143 days, while Raheem Sterling's first appearance was at the age of 17 years and 103 days. 

4) After his initial breakthrough, Sinclair's next involvement with the Liverpool first-team came under former Watford boss Brendan Rogers, when he travelled to the Europa League clash with Besiktas in the 2014/15 season at the age of 18.

5) Shortly after, Sinclair joined Championship side Wigan Athletic on a one-month loan deal to gain first-team experience. Sinclair's single Latics appearance may be one some Watford fans remember, as he came on in the Hornets' 2-0 win at the DW Stadium in March 2015. 

6) On his return from Wigan, Sinclair went on to make his Premier League debut in May 2015. He came on as a 68th-minute substitute for the Reds, replacing Rickie Lambert in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  

7) Sinclair didn't have to wait much longer to make his first home appearance for Liverpool, taking to the Anfield surface the following weekend in a 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace in what was also Steven Gerrard's final home appearance for the Reds. 

8) Sinclair continued his impressive rise during 2015/16 and scored his first goal for Liverpool in the Third Round of this year’s FA Cup. In what was also his first start for the Reds, Sinclair struck in their 2-2 draw with Exeter City, and after winning the replay, also came on in the Fourth Round tie with West Ham United at Anfield. 

9) In total, Sinclair made five appearances for the Liverpool first-team, scoring one goal.

10) Away from his club achievements, Sinclair has also represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 level, scoring four goals for his country in the process.  

First Team 08/06/2016

Official | Sinclair Signs From Liverpool

WATFORD FC is pleased to confirm it has agreed terms with Liverpool over the transfer of striker Jerome Sinclair.
  
The highly-rated forward has penned a five-year deal at Vicarage Road and becomes the Hornets’ first new signing ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign. 
  
Sinclair became the youngest player to ever represent Liverpool when handed a first-team debut – aged just 16 years and six days – in a League Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion in September 2012. 
  
The 19-year-old went on to play five times for the Reds, scoring during his first start against Exeter City in the FA Cup earlier this year. 
  
An England international at Under-16 and Under-17 level, Sinclair spent a brief spell on loan at Wigan Athletic in March 2015, making his Latics debut during Watford’s 2-0 win at the DW Stadium. 
  
Born in Birmingham, he learnt his trade as part of West Brom’s Academy setup and impressed sufficiently to earn a move to Liverpool as a 15-year-old in 2011.