Leeds United starlet Sonny Perkins shines for England Under-19's with another goal and assist
Leeds United’s summer business was pretty decent, but it’s now possible the best deal they did was bringing starlet Sonny Perkins to the club.
Perkins joined in a controversial permanent move from West Ham in the summer, and has been on fire for the reserves so far this season.
His form saw him called up to the England Under-19’s squad for the current international break, and the young forward has done nothing but impress while away on international duty with the Three Lions.
After initially scoring on his debut against Montenegro, he followed that up with a stunning hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Georgia last week. Now Perkins has done it again, with a goal and assist in a 4-2 win over Denmark.
Those goals mean that Perkins has scored in every single match he’s played for club or country since the start of August, a stat relayed by journalist Joe Donnohue.
So at what point does he start knocking on the door to the first-team? The answer should be immediately.
Patrick Bamford’s fitness woes continue and while he bagged a hat-trick on his recent trip down to the Under-21’s, there is a concern around his long term future with the club.
Joe Gelhardt is a big part of Jesse Marsch’s plans at Elland Road, but has so far struggled to earn minutes this season while the club signed Italy international Willy Gnonto on deadline day but he’s also yet to feature.
In the attacking midfield positions all of Jack Harrison, Luis Sinisterra and Brenden Aaronson have been in good form while Crysencio Summerville is knocking on the door amid Rodrigo Moreno’s shoulder injury.
There are plenty of options, so it’s understandable that Marsch is being patient but there has to be a reward for this incredible form.
Perkins has shown over this period of time that he’s currently already too good for this age group of football.
His versatility allows him to play in a number of positions, yet he is still somehow always finding a way to get on the scoresheet and his work ethic can’t be questioned either.
Even if it’s just a call-up to the bench with some minutes as a substitute late on, Perkins deserves some first-team recognition at Leeds.
Nobody is calling for him to be a regular starter or play the majority of minutes, but just a reward to show that playing well in the youth team does mean there is a path to first-team football in the future. Otherwise what’s the point?
Give him a glimpse of what he could have if he continues with his fine form, because he’ll likely never be as confident of making it to the big leagues as he is right now.
In other Leeds news, the club have dodged a £25m bullet with this transfer decision