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.
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.
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