Leeds United Attacker Joins League One Outfit

Leeds United youngster Sonny Perkins has joined League One outfit Oxford United on a season-long loan, it has been officially announced.

Perkins earned his Premier League debut for West Ham United during the 2021/22 season but made the switch to Elland Road last summer after rejecting the Hammers’ offer of a professional contract upon expiry of his scholarship with the Europa Conference League champions.

The teenager signed for Leeds United and scored his first goal with the Peacocks in a 2-2 draw with Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium in the FA Cup third round.

In total, Perkins has played four times for the Yorkshire club, including once this season under Daniel Farke in the Championship.

However, the German coach feels as though it’s best for Perkins to go out on loan to develop further and Oxford United have managed to be the club that secured his signature for the rest of the campaign.

Speaking to club media, Perkins hinted that Liam Manning’s style of play at the Kasssam Stadium was an influence behind his decision to sign for the U’s [via the BBC]:

“The way Oxford is set up and want to play is really appealing.

“They have started the season strongly and I can’t wait to get started.”

Head coach Manning is delighted to have a versatile player like Perkins in his forward line. The young coach said:

“He is a very exciting talent, with the ability to play as a striker or across any of the front positions. He is clever with the ball and has scored goals at every level.

“It has been another very positive week with Greg Leigh [from Ipswich Town] and now Sonny joining us.”

Writer’s View

Liam Manning’s style of play at the Kassam Stadium was undoubtedly one of the deciding factors behind Leeds’ decision to send Perkins to Oxford United.

Perkins is an exciting attacking talent and will now be involved within a forward line capable of playing fluid football which can only benefit him over the course of the season.

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