Liverpool youth striker Jerome Sinclair arrived at Liverpool from West Bromwich Albion as a highly rated 14-year-old, thought by many to be an even brighter prospect than Raheem Sterling. He made his first team debut two years later, becoming the youngest ever Liverpool player to make his senior debut.
Now 19 years of age, there have been rumblings he isn’t happy with his lack of opportunity since then and that he is looking to let his current contract—which only has six months left—wind down before moving on. Things got even more complicated when he chose Aidy Ward, Raheem Sterling’s agent, to represent him recently.
It’s a move that signalled Sincair’s determination to leave Liverpool was very serious. For most, given the way Ward had orchestrated Sterling’s departure and burnt every bridge he might ever have had at the club, it was a sign that Sincair was as good as gone. Now, rather unsurprisingly, he’s being tipped to follow Sterling to City.
What would be surprising is if he actually ended up there, given his route to the first team would be a far more difficult one than at Liverpool. At an age when Sterling was already a first team regular, Sinclair isn’t even in the conversation for the first team when Liverpool are suffering through an injury crisis and down to one striker.
Moving to City wouldn’t change that. At this point in his career, it wouldn’t give him much of a payday, either. With Ward as his agent, though, it makes sense the club that benefitted from the saga he oversaw last summer would end up linked. But there’s a reason the rumour mongers are calling Sinclair a "shock" target for City.
Mainly involving the fact that his moving there wouldn’t make a great deal of sense for anybody. It wouldn’t make sense for Sinclair, who would only end up being rotated out on loan for the next two or three seasons. And it wouldn’t make sense for City, whose stature and finances would be used against them in arbitration.
Sinclair will leave Liverpool, either in January or at the end of the current season. That seems inevitable. And Liverpool will be in line for compensation when he does. The chances of City actively pursuing him, though, fall somewhere between slim and nil, and for Sinclair himself it’s a move that would make little sense.