By Jack Cunningham

11th Sep, 2021 | 9:10pm

West Ham starlet Sonny Perkins dreams of representing the first team

West Ham starlet Sonny Perkins has shared that he dreams of representing the first team and playing at the London Stadium.

Speaking to The Athletic, the 17-year-old has shared his future ambition after making an eye-catching start to his career in the Under-18s.

Last season, he scored five goals in 23 appearances for the Hammers’ youth side, and he scored a hat-trick on the opening day of the season, so he looks like he will better that tally comfortably this season.

He said: “Leyton Orient were good for me when I was younger, but it was a big challenge to come to a club like West Ham.

“There are so many good players here and obviously good coaching as well. Gerard Prenderville, my mentor, and all the other coaches do a lot to help me improve and have as big an impact on the team as I can.

“Everything they do for me, I’m really grateful for.

“The dream is to reach the first team one day, but I’m just taking each game as it comes, and hopefully, one day, I can make it there.”

Perkins is one to watch out for.

Considering he is only 17, you would think it could be a few years before he makes it into the Irons’ first team; however, he is clearly very talented.

Roshane Thomas described him as “determined” in the piece, and it is very clear that Perkins has an aim to play for the first team.

He is certainly, going about it the right way, and if he continues this goalscoring record, you would think he could be moved into the Under-23s.

Then from there, the first team is within his grasp, especially given the lack of options in the final third behind Michail Antonio and struggle to bring in another striker.

One thing that is clear from reading this interview with Perkins is that he has his head screwed on despite being such a young age.

Certainly, we think Hammers fans should keep their eyes out for Perkins in the next few years, or maybe even sooner if he continues on this steep rise.

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