By Daniel Feliciano

16th Sep, 2022 | 12:40pm

Leeds United youngster Sonny Perkins named as PL2 Player of the Month

Leeds United starlet Sonny Perkins has won the Premier League 2 award for player of the month of August after his super start to the season.

The 18-year-old joined the club from West Ham in the summer transfer window in a widely-covered story, having made his first-team debut for the Hammers during the season last year.

But he has hit the ground running in Yorkshire with five goals in his first four games in the PL2 and that form has seen him earn the award ahead seven other players on an eight-man shortlist.

Perkins beat his teammate Mateo Fernandez, as well as Thomas Cannon (Everton), Tawanda Maswanhise (Leicester City), Max Thompson (Sunderland), Dominic Ballard (Southampton), Abu Kamara (Norwich City) and Oliver O’Neill (Fulham).

Perkins was selected as the winner by the Premier League Football Development Panel after PL2 club coaches chose the best performance by an opposing player in each of their league matches during August.

Talent

As if there was any doubt about just how good this kid is, he’s proving why Leeds were willing to go through so much hassle to bring him in.

West Ham were gutted when he opted to leave, releasing a strongly worded statement to show it, but Perkins has gone from strength to strength since arriving at Thorp Arch.

His pace, close control and dribbling make him a real threat as the centre forward but also a viable option slightly deeper or out wide if necessary too.

With the Whites very content to play youngsters there is every chance that Perkins finds himself in the mix later on i the season should there be injuries or even in potential cup games in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup down the line.

He’s already become someone that fans have grown fond of and if he can continue this level of performance throughout the season then there is no reason why he can’t become a regular at Elland Road in the near future.

In other Leeds news, Phil Hay has shared the club’s plans for during the World Cup break