Leeds United striker Sonny Perkins has joined League One side Oxford United on a season-long loan.
Despite the departure of last season’s top scorer Rodrigo to Qatari outfit Al-Rayyan this summer, as well as injuries to other centre-forwards Patrick Bamford and Mateo Joseph, Perkins has found himself struggling to break through into manager Daniel Farke’s squad – having featured for the Whites for just one minute so far this term.
The addition of Joel Piroe to Leeds’ striking ranks, a move which was confirmed yesterday evening, will only push the former West Ham man further down the pecking order in West Yorkshire.
This was a key factor in Perkins’ decision to seek a loan move elsewhere, claims Hay, with the 19-year-old seeking more minutes to aid in his development.
Sonny Perkins heading out of Leeds United on loan. Season-long move to Oxford United. On the first-team fringes at Elland Road and wasn’t like to play much in the campaign ahead.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 25, 2023
Perkins has impressed in the Leeds Under-21s side since his arrival from East London in 2021, scoring 13 goals in 24 appearances, but has so far been unable to put himself into contention for a role in the senior squad – even if only as a substitute.
The forward’s only goal at senior level for Leeds was a memorable one, however, with Perkins netting a last-minute equaliser against Cardiff to force a replay at Elland Road in the FA Cup’s 3rd round last season.
Oxford currently sit 4th in League One, and host Charlton at the Kassam Stadium this Saturday.