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Leeds’ Perkins completes Oxford loan switch

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.

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.

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