Sinclair has ‘a lot of potential but isn’t ready physically’

Walter Mazzarri feels Jerome Sinclair isn’t quite physically ready for the demands of the Premier League.

Mazzarri named Sinclair on the bench for the fifth time this season on Sunday yet, once again, he remained unused. With the result beyond doubt by the hour mark, many observers felt the head coach had nothing to lose by throwing on Sinclair for his Watford debut at the expense of the ineffective Roberto Pereyra, Troy Deeney or Odion Ighalo. An appearance against his former club would have done wonders for the confidence of the 20-year-old.

Sinclair at Anfield on Saunday

“He [Mazzarri] obviously doesn’t like him and for some reason he isn’t getting a chance,” said Derek Payne on BBC Three Counties Radio. “I’m not sure why that is. They [the coaching staff] see him and work with him every day. For some reason, they maybe feel he is not ready yet. I find it surprising.”

Like Abdoulaye Doucoure, who is not fancied by Mazzarri, Sinclair would have gone out on loan on the final day of the summer window had the planets aligned. He was all set to join Norwich but the move was dependent on the Canaries shipping out one of their strikers, a move that didn’t materialise. The Sun are now linking the forward with a January loan switch to Brentford, a move that would make sense as once Isaac Success and Stefano Okaka are fit, Sinclair will struggle to make the Hornets matchday squad.


“He is a player that needs to mature more physically, with his body,” said Mazzarri. “This is the big difference with Success because, I think, in the Premier League you need to be physically ready, that is very important. I don’t know yet and can’t really answer when he might be ready, but, aside from that, I am very happy with the player. He has great technique and a lot of potential, but something that is penalising him is physically.”