|Full name||Jerome Terence Sinclair|
|Date of birth||20 September 1996|
|Place of birth||Birmingham, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.81 m)|
|Oxford United (on loan from Watford)|
|2006–2011||West Bromwich Albion|
|2015||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||1||(0)|
|2017||→ Birmingham City (loan)||5||(0)|
|2018||→ Sunderland (loan)||13||(1)|
|2019–||→ Oxford United (loan)||14||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:50, 25 April 2019 (UTC)|
Jerome Terence Sinclair (born 20 September 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for League One team Oxford United on loan from Watford. He represented England up to under-17 level.
He spent his youth at West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, making his senior debut for the latter at the age of 16 years and 6 days in 2012, their youngest player of all time. He went on to make four further appearances for Liverpool after a brief loan spell at Wigan Athletic where he appeared just once. He signed for Watford in July 2016 for a fee of £4 million. He spent the second half of the 2016–17 season on loan to Championship club Birmingham City and the first half of the following season on loan at Sunderland before his loan to Oxford for the second half of the season.
Sinclair was born in Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham, and raised in the Quinton district. He began playing organised football as a seven-year-old with Phoenix United, part of a scheme designed to use sport to keep youngsters off the streets and promote positive values. He was spotted while playing for Phoenix United, invited to a trial with West Bromwich Albion, and joined that club as a schoolboy at the age of eight. As a boy, he supported Arsenal and idolised Thierry Henry. When Sinclair joined Liverpool's youth academy, his father moved to Liverpool with him, while his mother, sister and four brothers remained at home in Birmingham. While with West Brom, he had attended Sandwell Academy; as customary with Liverpool's academy recruits, he continued his education at Rainhill High School in St Helens. He got good grades in his GCSEs, and went on to study for an A level in business studies.
Liverpool signed Sinclair as a 14-year-old from the West Bromwich Albion youth academy in the summer of 2011. The Liverpool staff compared him to 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 City 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
While still only 15, Sinclair was called up to Rodolfo Borrell's NextGen Series side for the away match with defending champions Inter Milan in September 2012, after first-team manager Brendan Rodgers included a number of young players in his Europa League squad. He started the match and performed well, winning a penalty that Krisztián Adorján converted and going close himself on more than one occasion. Rodgers called Sinclair up to the first team for the League Cup third-round tie away to his boyhood club, West Bromwich Albion, on 26 September. At the age of 16 years and 6 days, he came off the bench in the 81st minute to replace Samed Yeşil in the 2–1 win at The Hawthorns, thus breaking Jack Robinson's record as Liverpool's youngest ever player. For the remainder of the 2012–13 season Sinclair continued to play for Liverpool U18s, but his 2013–14 season was disrupted by injury.
Up to the beginning of March 2015, Sinclair scored 22 goals for Liverpool youth teams at various levels, including 6 goals in 7 UEFA Youth League games as well as an impressive finish against Manchester United U21, beating Víctor Valdés at his near post, and a solo effort against Chelsea U21. He was one of several youngsters to travel to a Europa League tie against Beşiktaş in February, but was not included in the matchday squad as Liverpool were eliminated on penalties.
On 16 March 2015, Sinclair was loaned to Championship side Wigan Athletic, where he linked up with academy teammate Sheyi Ojo. The next day, he made his Football League debut in what proved to be his only Wigan appearance, replacing Marc-Antoine Fortuné for the final eight minutes of a 2–0 loss to Watford at the DW Stadium. On returning to Liverpool, Sinclair made his Premier League debut as a 68th-minute substitute for Rickie Lambert in a 1–1 draw away to champions Chelsea on 10 May.
On his first appearance of the 2015–16 season, away to Exeter City in the FA Cup on 8 January 2016, Sinclair scored his first senior goal for Liverpool in a 2–2 draw. Ten days later he confirmed that he would leave Liverpool at the end of the season, suggesting he wanted to play in Spain. In April, an offer from AFC Bournemouth of £4 million plus add-ons was accepted by the club but rejected by the player.
In the January 2016 transfer window, Liverpool had rejected an offer of £1.5 million for Sinclair from Premier League club Watford. On 21 May, Sinclair agreed to join that club when his current contract expired. Because Sinclair was aged under 24, Liverpool were due a developmental fee; the clubs settled on £4 million, and Sinclair signed a five-year contract. He did not make his debut until 3 December, as a 94th-minute substitute in a defeat by West Bromwich Albion, and made his first start a few days later against Manchester City, a match in which City won at home for the first time since mid-September and BBC Sport's reporter described Sinclair as "a peripheral figure". An approach in late December by Championship club Brentford to take him on loan was rebuffed because manager Walter Mazzarri felt he was needed as cover, and Sinclair scored his first goal for Watford in their FA Cup third-round tie against Burton Albion on 7 January 2017. Towards the end of the transfer window, Mazzarri stated that Sinclair needed to gain experience and was free to go out on loan if he so wished.
Birmingham City (loan)
On 31 January 2017, Sinclair moved to Championship club Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season. He went straight into the starting eleven for the next match, at home to Fulham, partnering Lukas Jutkiewicz, and was replaced after 67 minutes with the score still goalless; Birmingham won the match 1–0. He appeared regularly during February, but the last of his five appearances came as a very late substitute in a home defeat against Leeds United on 3 March.
Having played just 27 minutes of Premier League football for his parent club in the 2017–18 season, Sinclair joined Sunderland, newly relegated to League One, on loan for the 2018–19 season, but the loan was cut short by mutual agreement in January 2019.
Oxford United (loan)
On transfer deadline day in January 2019, Oxford United announced that they had signed Sinclair on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season. His first Oxford goals came in a 2–1 home victory over Scunthorpe United on 2 March 2019, in which he scored both Oxford goals.
Sinclair has represented England at under-16 and under-17 level. He made his under-16 debut on 27 October 2011, and scored as England beat Wales 4–0 in the 2011 Victory Shield. He also scored twice in the 2012 Montaigu Tournament, earning England wins against host nation France, and Morocco. He scored his first goal for the under-17 team on 31 August 2012, opening the scoring in a 4–1 win against Turkey. He played twice in the 2013 European U17 Championship qualifying round matches in Estonia, and was selected for the elite round of qualifying but had to withdraw from the squad because of injury.
- As of match played 8 January 2019
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Wigan Athletic (loan)||2014–15||Championship||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Birmingham City (loan)||2016–17||Championship||5||0||—||—||—||5||0|
|Sunderland (loan)||2018–19||League One||13||1||3||0||0||0||3||1||19||2|
|Oxford United (loan)||2018–19||League One||6||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||2|
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