West Ham United saw the departure of one of their promising academy starlets this week but David Moyes should not be worried thanks to the array of exciting attacking talent coming through the system right now…
According to the BBC, Championship outfit Peterborough United have signed 19-year-old striker Kai Corbett for an “undisclosed fee” on a “long-term deal.”
The teenager never made an appearance for the senior side but featured twice for the U-21s in the EFL Trophy last season.
He can easily be forgotten as it’s 17-year-old Sonny Perkins who is pulling up trees, both at Chadwell Heath and on the international stage.
Some around the club believe he could well be the next player to follow in Declan Rice’s footsteps, as once revealed by Irons insider ExWHUemployee.
“One thing to also pay attention to is a West Ham youngster called Sonny Perkins,” he told his ‘The West Ham Way podcast last month.
“This is someone I’ve spoken about on the podcast before as a talent, and he’s really beginning to stand out now at academy level, really getting rave reviews.
“Obviously performing on the international stage as well for his age, and he is one to keep an eye on. From what I’ve heard in the academy circles, he could be the next Declan Rice. So just keep your eye out for his progression within the next few years.”
Across 13 appearances this season, including the Premier League 2, he has found the net eight times, averaging a goal every 120 minutes, via Transfermarkt. That is a very respectable record for any forward.
“Sometimes you forget that Sonny Perkins is only a youth team player,” ex-U23 head coach Dmitri Halajko claimed. “He could play the age group below if we wanted him to, but to get two goals at this level against a team like Liverpool as a youth team player is some achievement.”
Meanwhile, Create Talent coach Harry Brooks waxed lyrical about the teenager on social media earlier this week, claiming that he is “one of my favourite players to work with.”
“Sonny Perkins goal for England vs Netherlands… so so good. This kid is going right to the top,” he also said.
In Perkins, Moyes could have a real star of the future, so if he keeps this form up, then it’s only a matter of time before we see him involved in the senior setup in some form. Indeed, the Scotsman has regularly handed out debuts in the domestic cup competitions.
Forget Corbett, it’s Perkins who could set the London Stadium alight for many, many years to come.