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Official: Sinclair Joins Wigan on Loan

In news that is hugely exciting to those who follow the youth team, Liverpool have sent Jerome Sinclair on loan to Wigan Athletic to get the striker starlet some senior experience.

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After making his first team debut in Brendan Rodgers' first season and becoming the youngest-ever Liverpool player at only 16 years and 6 days of age, Jerome Sinclair missed a big chunk of last season due to injury. This year, having managed to stay fit for most of the campaign, he has scored 22 goals in all competitions for the U18s, U19s, and U21s, consistently proving too good for the youth level and bypassing Samed Yesil as the club's most exciting and accomplished striking prospect.

The young prodigy contributes pace and explosiveness, powerful and accurate finishing with both feet, excellent movement in and around the box, and the kind of energetic work rate and hustle endemic to Brendan Rodgers’ more successful sides. Although he stands only 5'8", Sinclair has a compact physique with a low center of gravity and, having trained consistently with the first team at Melwood this year, shouldn't find himself bullied by bigger defenders in the Championship.

He joins Sheyi Ojo as the second Liverpool youngster on loan at Wigan, with the Latics looking to keep climbing up the Championship table and out of the relegation zone. They currently stand a disappointing 22nd, six points back of Rotherham and safety with nine games to go this season.

Hopefully, though, Sinclair can help to change that, and in the meantime you can watch the striker’s first interview with Wigan's official site and join me in keeping fingers crossed he gets a ton of playing time, scores a bunch of goals on red hot Ojo assists, and isn't subject to too many motivational text messages from Malky Mackay.

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