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 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.

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4 Responses to “Welcome Jerome Sinclair. Only a loan but a striker and, at last, transfer news” Subscribe

  1. Brianm July 26, 2018 at 5:05 am #

    How on earth do you and the other luddites reckon loans have played a part in our decline.
    Utter nonsense!
    The only deecent signing keane made was a loan..Evans.
    Without him we wiuld not have been promoted or stayed up.
    Welbeck and Rose were both instrumental in staving off relegations. Alonso..yeah a real waste of time.
    Our decline has neen due to crap managers spending criminal amounts on crap players. Keane may as well have dug a big hole and thrown 70m down it.
    O’neill wasted 40m on players we never got cent back on.
    Moyes another 35m.
    Fashionable for the usual suspects to lambast short but all he is guilty of is supportimg managers the fans wanted but who all failed.

  2. salutsunderland July 26, 2018 at 6:45 am #

    Fair point on Rose, Alonso, Evans and Welbeck. There have also been Galloway, Clarke-Salters, Mangane, Ejaria, Browning and Williams and that’s without looking too hard. Also, note how the good ones, going back to Shay Given, can never be persuaded to stay. I dislike the system because there is no genuine feeling that they’re “ours”

  3. Neil July 26, 2018 at 7:40 am #

    People say i speak in an old fashioned way……poppycock……maybe i’m a luddite

    A doff of the cap to Stew Frances for the joke

  4. malcolm July 26, 2018 at 8:49 am #

    There is nothing wrong with the loan system per se. What has gone wrong at Sunderland in recent seasons has been the contracts these players have been given. Think of all those loan players who were then signed permanently but who weren’t really wanted by the managers. Not to mention the Alvarez situation which sums up the way the club was run, not by those in charge of team selection and tactics but by the administration put into place by Short.

    There were also several loan players who we could have signed but didn’t who had proved to be assets. Yedlin, Alonso, M’Vila anyone. The players who are coming to Sunderland at least say they want to be here and are buying into the club.

    What the new regime seem to be doing is bringing a sense of realism to the current situation, something some fans are finding hard to come to terms with.

    Let’s see how these new players perform when the season starts and don’t forget Duncan Watmore. He could be a real asset at this level if his injuries haven’t affected his pace and stamina.

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