Jerome Sinclair

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Jerome Sinclair
Personal information
Full name Jerome Terence Sinclair[1]
Date of birth (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 18)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
(on loan from Liverpool)
Number 31
Youth career
2006–2011 West Bromwich Albion
2011– Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Liverpool 0 (0)
2015– Wigan Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2011–2012 England U16 5 (3)
2012 England U17 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:22, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

Jerome Terence Sinclair (born 20 September 1996) is an English footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic on loan from Liverpool as a striker. He is the youngest ever player to have played for the club, making his senior debut at the age of 16 years and 6 days.[2]

Club career[edit]



Liverpool signed Sinclair as a 14-year-old from the West Bromwich Albion youth academy in the summer of 2011 after becoming a free agent.[3] A very highly-rated youngster, it has been suggested by the Daily Mail[4] that the Liverpool coaching staff consider his potential to be at a similar level to that of Raheem Sterling. He spent most of the 2011-12 season with the Under 16s before coach Mike Marsh gave him a run of four games with the Under 18s at the end of the season. He impressed greatly in those games, though he failed to find the back of the net. On 14 July 2012, Sinclair came off the bench to score a hat trick against Exeter in an Under 18s pre-season friendly. In all, Sinclair netted eight goals in the six Under 18s pre-season friendly games in the run up to the 2012-13 Academy Under 18s season. He went on to score his first competitive goals for the Under 18s on 25 August 2012, hitting a brace in a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.

Reserves and first-team debut[edit]

His form earned him a call-up into Rodolfo Borrell's NextGen Series side for the away match with defending champions Inter Milan on 19 September 2012. Sinclair started the match and impressed throughout, winning a penalty that Krisztian Adorjan converted and going close himself on more than one occasion. His fine form brought him to the attention of first team coach Brendan Rodgers. He called Sinclair up to the first team for the League Cup third round tie away to West Bromwich Albion on 26 September 2012. He came off the bench in the 81st minute in place of Samed Yeşil to break Jack Robinson's record as Liverpool's youngest ever player- at 16 years and 6 days old. He was handed shirt number 48 for the occasion.[5] For the remainder of 2012-13 season Sinclair continued to play for Liverpool U18s.

The 2013-14 season saw Sinclair make limited progress with the player injured for large spells of the season.[6]

Up until the beginning of March in the 2014-15 season, Sinclair scored 22 goals for Liverpool youth teams at various levels including 6 goals in 7 UEFA Youth League games as well as impressive finishes against Manchester United U21, against Victor Valdes in goal, and a solo effort against Chelsea U21.[6][7] His good form was rewarded by inclusion in the first team squad for a Europa League tie against Besiktas in February.[8]

Wigan Athletic (loan)[edit]

On 16 March 2015, Sinclair was loaned to Championship side Wigan Athletic where he linked up with academy teammate Sheyi Ojo.[9][10]

Charity match[edit]

On 29 March 2015, Sinclair appeared alongside Thierry Henry as the striker for the Steven Gerrard XI v Jamie Carragher XI at Anfield,[11] which was a sell-out, with funds raised going to the Liverpool FC Foundation, Alder Hey Children's Hospital and other charitable organisations in Liverpool. The result was 2-2. Sinclair won a penalty that was converted by Steven Gerrard, and was replaced at half time by Fernando Torres.

International career[edit]

He made his England under-16 debut on 27 October 2011, and scored as England beat Wales 4-0 in the 2011 Victory Shield.[12] He also scored twice in the 2012 Montaigu Tournament, earning England wins against host nation France, and Morocco.[13][14] He is currently in the England-under 17 squad.[15] He scored his first goal for the team on 31 August 2012, opening the scoring in a 4-1 win against Turkey.[16] On 2 October, he was named in the 18-man squad for the 2013 UEFA European U17 Championship qualification matches in Estonia.[17]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 22 March 2015.[18]
League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Liverpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 Liverpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Liverpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Wigan Athletic (loan) Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0


  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 3 September 2014. p. 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 October 2014. 
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  3. ^ "Liverpool teenager Jerome Sinclair set to become club's youngest ever player aged 16 years and six days.Liverpool went on to win 2-1 he has not played for the first team since his debut against West Brom". The Daily Telegraph (London). 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jerome Sinclair scored twice as Liverpool started their UEFA Youth League journey with a bang... but who is the hotshot already being compared to Raheem Sterling?". The Daily Mail (London). 17 September 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "West Brom 1-2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
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  9. ^ "Jerome Sinclair: Liverpool striker joins Wigan Athletic on loan". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 16 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sinclair Joins Wigan On Youth Loan Deal". Liverpool F.C. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
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  12. ^ "England 4-0 Wales" The 27 October 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  13. ^ "France 0-1 England" The 9 April 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Morocco 0-1 England" The 5 April 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Profile: Jerome Sinclair". Football Association. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "England 4-1 Turkey" The 31 August 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  17. ^ "Peacock's Pick" The 2 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  18. ^ Jerome Sinclair career statistics at Soccerbase

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