Leeds must release Sonny Perkins
Rodrigo enjoyed a stunning start to the 2022/23 campaign for Leeds United as he seized his opportunity to lead the line for Jesse Marsch in the Premier League.
The Spaniard then suffered a shoulder injury in the draw with Everton and Marsch admitted that he could be out for a week or two months, depending on the severity of the blow.
He missed the 5-2 loss to Brentford and now it remains to be seen how long he will be out of action, which opens the door for someone else to step in at the top of the pitch.
Marsch must now release summer signing Sonny Perkins to see if he is ready to move on to regular Premier League football.
The 18-year-old joined the club from West Ham in the summer and hit the ground running in Yorkshire, scoring five goals in four games for the Under-21s.
Should Perkins be given a chance?
Private trainer Harry Brooks hailed the youngster’s talent earlier this year, saying:
“He has amazing feet. Really smooth, he’s creative, as a ball striker he’s probably the best ball striker I’ve ever worked with. Happy with both feet and a real natural footballer where you want him to get on the ball as often as he can.
“As a character he’s fantastic. He’s got magic, smarts, football abilities – not many players have magic these days, he sure does. And yes, I can’t wait to see what season he’s going to have.
It suggests he has a special gift on the ball and is clinical in front of goal, which is confirmed by his stats for the Whites and during his time at West Ham.
Perkins joined Leeds after enjoying a fine 2021/22 campaign with the Hammers. He scored 12 goals in 21 Premier League 2 appearances and made his first flight and the Europa League makes its debut for David Moyes’ side.
The young striker, who can play in a multitude attacking roles, has shown he is a consistent and lethal goalscorer at youth level and now deserves an opportunity to show what he can do in the first team.
Rodrigo’s injury has given Marsch a chance to experiment at the top of the pitch and he must now release Perkins to see if he can translate his incredible strike rate in the academy to the Premier League.