Sonny Perkins’ emergence in the Under-21s puts Joe Gelhardt at risk at Leeds United, according to a commentator for Sky Sports
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Paul Robinson believes that Sonny Perkins’ choice to leave West Ham and join Leeds United in the summer has thus far been justified.
Perkins, 18, left the London Stadium in a contentious situation when his contract expired at the end of the previous season. West Ham issued a statement expressing their “disappointment” with his representatives, and a different club was alleged to have made contact with him in an effort to have him released from his scholarship agreement.
The Whites won the competition to sign the brilliant adolescent in the summer, not Leeds, and they must now pay them £4.3 million in restitution [Yorkshire Evening Post].
Since joining Leeds, Perkins has played brilliantly for the Under-21s, and Robinson thinks he has what it takes to compete with Joe Gelhardt for a position in Jesse Marsch’s senior side.
When asked if Perkins is good enough to compete for Gelhardt’s starting position, Robinson responded, “I think he is,” according to MOT Leeds News. Looking at the 15-year-old at Arsenal, it’s clear that if you’re talented enough, you’re old enough today more than ever.
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He was a significant acquisition, and West Ham was frustrated that they were unable to compete with Leeds on that level.
“He likely believed he had better opportunities at Leeds because of the management and the way the club is operated, and it has turned out to be the right choice from the player’s perspective.
Now is the moment for him to exert himself and work on making the first-team squad.
This season, Perkins has scored six goals in five Premier League 2 games for Leeds’ Under-21 team; he has yet to play an entire game without recording a goal.
With his promotion to the senior team now appearing to be a done deal, 20-year-old Gelhardt hasn’t played a single minute for the Under-21s this season.
In six appearances across all leagues, he started once in the Premier League and once in the Carabao Cup.