By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

27th Sep, 2022 | 12:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

It’s only a matter of time before Jesse Marsch fast-tracks Sonny Perkins to the Leeds United first-team, according to Paul Robinson.

Perkins, 18, joined Leeds from West Ham in the summer transfer window and has been in incredible goalscoring form since for both the Whites’ Under-21s and England’s Under-19s.

After scoring a 31-minute hat-trick against Georgia’s Under-19s on Saturday (24 September), Robinson says it won’t be long before Perkins gets a shot in the Leeds senior squad for the first time.

“There have been a lot of clubs looking at him but he’s still very young,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

There’s a difference between scoring goals for the Under-21s or that level to scoring goals in the Premier League.

I’m sure Jesse Marsch will give him the opportunity when he feels the time is right to integrate him into the squad.

But the squad is of such a size and such a strength that Perkins will be brought into it at some point.

You can’t ignore a player who’s got figures like that already this season.

It’s only going to be a matter of time before he’s integrated into the senior squad.”

Perkins has scored six times in five Premier League 2 appearances for Leeds’ Under-21s since his arrival at Elland Road.

He’s also scored four goals in two appearances in this international break for England’s Under-19s and could add to that tally when the Young Lions play against Denmark’s Under-21s on Tuesday night (27 September).

In both Premier League 2 and Euro Under-19s qualifiers, Perkins has scored in every single game and only completed 90 minutes once.

Perkins arrived at Leeds amid major controversy in the summer with West Ham posting a statement where they accused a club of trying to get him to release himself from his contract in East London.

West Ham also took issue with Perkins’ representatives.

They said: “West Ham United invests millions of pounds annually into its world-renowned Academy of Football – and naturally the Club is extremely disappointed that Sonny has chosen not to continue his development with the Hammers.

“The Club is disappointed with Perkins’ representatives and strongly believe he was approached to sign for another club which led to him asking to be released from his scholarship at West Ham United.”

In other Leeds United news, European newspapers are raving over the “animalistic’” performance of one Whites star on international duty.