By Sam Stone

2nd Jul, 2022 | 7:00am

West Ham United clearly seething after Sonny Perkins disaster

West Ham United’s 18-year-old striker Sonny Perkins has left the London Stadium and the club are clearly seething about the academy product departing the Hammers.

It has been suggested by ExWHUemployee via Twitter [1 July] that the young attacker is likely to move to the Hammers’ London rivals Tottenham over Leeds United.

The Hammers released a statement on Friday 1 July confirming the youngster’s departure and it’s fair to say the club are less than impressed with Perkins and his representatives.

West Ham expressed their extreme “disappointment” with Perkins about his decision not to continue his development at the London Stadium, with the club investing “millions of pounds” into its academy each year.

It appears that the club feel used by the 18-year-old, who could well have become an asset for the Hammers after shining at under-23 level in the 2021/22 season.

The Irons also expressed their disappointment at Perkins’ representatives, and believe an approach from another club resulted in him asking to be released from his contract.

The Hammers concluded the statement by insisting that rules and structures at the Football Association and Premier League should be upheld “at all times”.

West Ham are clearly angry that they have invested time and money into Perkins only for another club to reap the rewards of his development.

There has potentially been an agent at work trying to get the youngster the best deal possible.

It is important for younger players to realise that they should be focused on football in their development stage and let their performances on the pitch earn them a better contract.

The Hammers will be looking for compensation from Perkins’ next suitors.