30 Mar 2016

Done Deal Soon? 'Outstanding' £5m attacker finally agrees summer transfer. Source confirms Liverpool exit expected

After five years at Liverpool, £5m-rated Reds striker Jerome Sinclair has reportedly agreed a deal to leave Anfield this summer.

On transfer deadline day, The Times claimed:

"Liverpool [have] rejected improved offer from Watford for Jerome Sinclair".

Soon after, Sinclair - hailed by Jamie Carragher for his 'outstanding' finishing - reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with Watford, and now, it appears the deal is practically done. According to ESPN today:

"Jerome Sinclair has agreed a deal to join Watford this summer. A source told ESPN FC that a deal is all but done, and that [he] is expected to sign a three-year deal at the end of the season".

I've argued in detail why Sinclair is right to quit Liverpool, and I maintain that view. Why hang around just to warm the bench? If Liverpool had a real commitment to the development of academy attacking players, the club would've promoted Sinclair to the first team, and saved Divock Origi's £10m transfer fee.

Origi has made 27 appearances for Liverpool this season, and with those games under his belt, Sinclair might've developed into a a real asset for the club. Instead, despite endless injuries to attacking players, the Reds have granted Sinclair just 117 minutes of game time in two years.

It's also possible that - given Origi's game time- Sinclair might've crashed and burned, but the point is we'll never know because, as usual, Liverpool failed to give a promising academy attacker a consistent *chance* to prove himself.

No wonder Sinclair is leaving.

Author: Jaimie K


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