Monsieur Salut offers the traditional Salut! Sunderland welcome to a new signing – Watford’s young striker Jerome Sinclair on a season-long loan deal …
Like many – most? – supporters, I am less than exhilarated by loan deals. They seem to have played a significant part in our decline in recent years.
But it is not as if our purchases and free transfer acquisitions were going so well that no loan deal was necessary. No one should be carried away by winning 6-0 at St Mirren; we have striker problems – I think it was the excellent Phil Smith who said in the Sunderland Echo that we were an injury to Josh Maja away from having no recognised attacker (no disrespect to Andrew Nelson, but he hasn’t played a senior competitive game).
With quite ordinary players stalling on moving to Sunderland in case some Championship club, any Championship club, comes in for them first, we have to take what we can. And Sinclair at least looks as if he might be a good addition to Jack Ross’s squad, as well as being the new manager’s eighth signing.
Let’s now get rid, for as much as we can, of people who don’t want to be at SAFC – Papy Djilobodji, Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong – and make a final push in what remains of the window to sign much-needed players who will cost and earn a great deal less but, maybe, give more.
Here is how safc.com reports the Sinclair loan deal:
‘Speaking about the 21-year-old striker’s arrival, Ross said: “We need more players in the forward areas and Jerome is somebody who fits into that bracket, as he can play in multiple positions across the front line. I’m pleased to get him in and he’s at a stage in his career where he needs to play games, so he’s hungry to prove himself and he’s got a big opportunity here to do that.”
Born in Birmingham, Sinclair started his career with West Bromwich Albion before moving to Liverpool. He made his first-team debut at 16, the youngest player to represent the Reds in a competitive game.
… In May 2016, the striker signed a five-year deal with Watford and has gone on to make nine Premier League appearances for the Hornets, whilst also spending time on loan with Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship
Sinclair has also turned out for England at under-16 and under-17 level’
Ha’way our new Lad.