By Liam Thomas

16th Sep, 2022 | 3:10pm

West Ham left frustrated by Sonny Perkins transfer blunder after player wins Premier League 2 award

West Ham will be rueing their transfer blunder today, after former youth talent Sonny Perkins took home the Premier League 2 Division 2 Player of the Month award, for August.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful start to life at Thorp Arch scoring five goals in the opening month of the campaign.

Perkins was selected for the award by a Premier League Football Development Panel after PL2 coaches came together and chose the best performance of an opposition player.

The forward left West Ham last month, after joining the West Ham United Academy at the Under-14 level; he rejected numerous offers to stay at the club.

West Ham released an official statement on their club website after Perkins left the club, suggesting foul play was at hand surrounding his move to Leeds.

“West Ham United invests millions of pounds annually into its world-renowned Academy of Football – and naturally the Club is extremely disappointed that Sonny has chosen not to continue his development with the Hammers.

“The Club is disappointed with Perkins’ representatives and strongly believe he was approached to sign for another club which led to him asking to be released from his scholarship at West Ham United.

“West Ham United take this matter very seriously – we believe the rules and structures in place at the Football Association and Premier League should be upheld at all times.”

Frustrating

With the Hammers going to the length of releasing an official statement regarding the Perkins transfer, it definitely seems like foul play and agent squabbles have cost the club a genuine talent.

Perkins’ ability to adapt to life so quickly at Leeds has all but highlighted his talents; he’s a goalscoring machine and it’s beyond frustrating that West Ham have lost him.

The 18-year-old clearly has the natural prowess in front of goal and it’s this very clinical nature that David Moyes’ side have missed this campaign.

That’s not to say Perkins would have been starting in Moyes’ first XI this season but on recent Under 21’s performances he would have certainly thrown is hat into the mix.

He’s even been compared to Barcelona and football legend Andreas Iniesta by his private coach, Harry Brooks.

“I don’t like comparing players but his style is like an Iniesta with size and power, and the ability to drive and gallop.” Brooks told the Yorkshire evening post.

This one looks like it will sting the Hammers in years to come; Perkins looks to be a lethal talent.