How is former Sunderland flop Jerome Sinclair faring in Holland?

Sunderland fans celebrate during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

Jerome Sinclair flopped badly at Sunderland and Premier League strugglers Watford loaned him out again to Eredivisie outfit VVV Venlo this summer.

Jerome Sinclair of Sunderland during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2018 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

Just because you score goals for fun in the sterilised world of academy football, that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to hit the net with any degree of regularity in the professional game.

Just ask Jerome Sinclair.

Like Dominic Solanke, the former Chelsea wonderkid who is still goalless nine months after his £19 million move to Bournemouth, Sinclair’s stats have plummeted since leaving Liverpool behind.

 

In the 2015/16 UEFA Youth League, the former England U17 star scored six goals in seven games for The Reds. That was part of a 20-plus haul in an outstanding debut season which had some Liverpool fans wondering whether the new Michael Owen was set to explode onto the first-team.

Few expected back then that Sinclair would be struggling to convince on loan at VVV Venlo three years on.

Jerome Sinclair of Sunderland (C) celebrates after he scores the second goal from the penalty spot during the Checkatrade Trophy match at Stadium of Light on December 4, 2018 in Sunderland,...

A shock move to Watford has backfired spectacularly and, after finding the back of the net just twice in 19 games during a dreadfully disappointing loan spell at Sunderland this time last year, things aren’t getting any easier for a striker who, at 23, was expected to have established himself at the top level by now.

In eight games for VVV, Sinclair is yet to score a single goal and, as a result, he has gone from guaranteed starter to benchwarmer in a matter of weeks.

(L-R) Lee Cattermole of VVV Venlo, Jerome Sinclair of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between VVV Venlo and FC Groningen at Covebo stadium De Koel on September 28, 2019 in...

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