Declan Rice praised young West Ham striker Sonny Perkins on two different social media platforms last night.

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The 17-year-old made his senior debut for the Hammers against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League last night.

Perkins is very highly rated at the London Stadium.

David Moyes will be very excited about the prospect of the teenager breaking through into the West Ham first-team.

Perkins has been in fine form for West Ham United’s youth teams so far this season.

Rapid Wien v West Ham United: Group H - UEFA Europa League
Mark Noble of West Ham United shakes hands with teammate Sonny Perkins (Photo by Christian Hofer/Getty Images)

The talented young attacker has bagged four goals in four games for the under-18s this season and has scored five in eight for the under-23s (Transfermarkt).

The 17-year-old was on the bench for West Ham’s Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna last night. David Moyes brought him on with about 15 minutes remaining.

And he made a very big impression. Perkins could have scored with a couple of minutes after coming on. His header was brilliantly saved by the Rapid goalkeeper.

Sonny Perkins of West Ham

Aside from that, Perkins displayed a really impressive work-rate, an exceptional touch and a great knack of finding space.

He also showed willingness to run the channels. What an exciting young player we have on our hands at West Ham.

Declan Rice takes to Twitter and Instagram in reaction to Sonny Perkins’ debut

The young West Ham striker not only impressed the fans but his teammates as well.

 

Declan Rice took to social media and lavished praised on the teenage strike sensation.

Firstly on Twitter:

And then on Instagram:

Perkins has obviously made a very big impression already at West Ham.

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And let’s hope that Moyes gives him more chances to show what he’s made of between now and the end of the season.

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