Leeds: Wenham drop Perkins update
John Wenham has posted an update on Leeds United’s reported transfer target Sonny Perkins.
What was said?
In a recent interview with Football Insiderthe Tottenham Hotspur insider has revealed that although Los Blancos are able to offer the 18-year-old a much clearer route to first-team football, Antonio Conte’s side hold a huge advantage over Leeds in the race to sign the striker this summer – in that Perkins has been a lifelong Spurs supporter.
Wenham went on to say the former West Ham United prospect’s parents were pushing him to join Tottenham ahead of his move to the London Stadium, before claiming the teenager is likely to be given plenty of playing time in the youth teams from Spurs next season with Troy Parrott, Kion Etete and Dane Scarlett looking likely to be loaned out.
Regarding both Leeds and Tottenham reported interest in the striker, the insider said: “I wasn’t totally sure if Tottenham were going to sign him, I know Leeds want him. Leeds can offer a better route, just look at how much Joe Gelhardt has played.
“But – I don’t know how well known it is – Sonny is a Tottenham season ticket holder, as is his father. They have been Spurs supporters forever. I appreciate that he was the crown jewel of the game. West Ham crown, but before he signed for them his parents were pushing him to sign for Tottenham.
“Personally, I would do this move all day. Hopefully next season we will loan out Troy Parrott, Kion Etete and Dane Scarlett. Our youth teams have a lot of football to play next season, we are playing in the Youth Champions League and we will need a young striker if all these players leave.
“I would be more than happy for Tottenham to make a move for Sonny, he’s a very good prospect.”
Given the amount of potential Perkins no doubt possesses, Wenham’s suggestion that supporting the 18-year-old at Tottenham could well see Conte’s side land the striker ahead of Leeds this summer will certainly be a blow. for Victor Orta and his transfer team. at Elland Road.
It’s clear from his activity in the transfer market that the director of football is keen to add exciting young players to Jesse Marsch’s squad as regularly as possible, having already brought in Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood, Crysencio Summerville, Illan Meslier , Lewis Bate, Leo Fuhr Hjelde and Darko Gyabi – to name but a few – at Elland Road in recent years.
And, looking at Perkins’ form during his time in West Ham’s youth setup, it’s clear to see that the £1.08 million the talent would be another fantastic catch for the Spaniard – especially given his free play availability.
Indeed, above his 29 appearances in the U18 Premier League, the youngster – who started as a central or attacking midfielder – scored nine goals and registered four assists for Kevin Keen’s side, while, above his 21 In Premier League 2 fixtures last season, the 18-year-old scored 12 goals and provided one assist for the U23s.
As such, it’s not hard to see why Orta seems so eager to land the player James Marshment backed to become a “£30million playerin the coming years, and it’s also not hard to see why missing out on Perkins at Tottenham would be a disappointing outcome for anyone involved with Los Blancos.
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