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'Looked dangerous': Skubala wowed by young Leeds attacker's display in U21s win last night
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'Looked dangerous': Skubala wowed by young Leeds attacker's display in U21s win last night

Leeds United Under-21s boss Michael Skubala has praised Sonny Perkins for his display in Friday’s Premier League 2 win over Southampton’s U21s.

The Whites academy coach told Leeds Live that the 18-year-old grew into the game and had a great second half.

Leeds U21s ran out 6-2 winners over Saints at Elland Road, in front of 10,639 supporters.

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The Whites were 4-0 up by half time, thanks to a first-half Patrick Bamford brace, with Crysencio Summerville and Liam Cooper also netting.

Bamford completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot on 53 minutes before Perkins made it 6-0 three minutes later.

Southampton netted two late consolations but, by that point, were never going to threaten the outcome of the game.

The win consolidated the Whites’ position at the top of the Premier League 2 Division 2 table.

In addition, it ensured that Skubala remains unbeaten as Leeds U21 manager.

The Thorp Arch outfit has won four games and drawn one so far in 2022-23.

Speaking after the game, Skubala spoke about his side’s performance and singled some players out of praise.

Perkins was one of those, as the Leeds coach told Leeds Live: “I think Sonny grew into the game.

“As the game started to open up I thought Sonny had a really good second half and looked dangerous.”

Leeds have struck gold in signing Perkins.

The young forward scored five goals in four PL2 appearances in August to win the Player of the Month award.

He saw off Whites teammate Mateo Joseph, who also scored five, to claim the August award.

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