ExWHUEmployee has been speaking on the latest episode of The West Ham Way podcast to hail one of the club’s young prospects shining at international level.
West Ham midfielder Sonny Perkins found the back of the net for the first time whilst representing England U18s against Russia on Monday.
Will West Ham push for top six this season?
The 17-year-old only made his debut for the Three Lions last month and has so far earned himself three appearances for Ryan Garry’s side.
Having shone in the U18 Premier League with four goals in four appearances, Perkins has gone on to make five appearances for the Hammers at U23s level (via Transfermarkt).
Discussing the youngster’s impressive start to the campaign for both West Ham and England, Ex had the following to say on the 17-year-old:
“One thing to also pay attention to is a West Ham youngster called Sonny Perkins. He was on target for the England U18s on Monday as they beat Russia.
“This is someone I’ve spoken about on the podcast before as a talent, and he’s really beginning to stand out now at academy level, really getting rave reviews. Obviously performing on the international stage as well for his age, and he is one to keep an eye on.
“From what I’ve heard in the academy circles, he could be the next Declan Rice. So just keep your eye out for his progression within the next few years.”
TIF Thoughts on Ex’s comments…
This is certainly a huge compliment for Perkins to receive so early in his career considering what Declan Rice has gone on to do so early in his own career.
It seems the comparisons to Rice are purely through the notion of the success Perkins can go on to achieve given he clearly poses much more of a goal threat than the 22-year-old Irons ace.
The youngster has played at both left-wing and centre-forward for the U18s this season and it has proved fruitful for the teenager, with a hat-trick in the season’s opener against Reading.
It is still early days for Perkins, however, he is certainly showing positive signs of becoming one of the next in line to rise through the ranks at West Ham.