Sonny Perkins came off the bench for West Ham and nearly found the back of the net in their 2-0 win over Rapid Wien on Thursday.
By doing so, the 17-year-old, became the second-youngest playero make an appearance for the Irons in major European competitions after Bobby Barnes (17y & 275d) against Real Madrid Castilla in the Cup Winners’ Cup back in September 1980.
It would have been the perfect debut moment for the young attacker, but his effort narrowly went wide.
Speaking about this moment on the Europa League world feed, Steve Wilson, a BBC Match of the Day commentator, said, “An extraordinary moment from the teenager. Nearly a debut goal.”
There’s something exciting about seeing a youngster make his senior debut and that was how it felt when Perkins was subbed in by David Moyes.
Like all Hammers fans around the world, he would have loved for the ball to find the back of the net.
However, that will not dissuade him from what could be seen as a celebration of a remarkable journey for the past decade.
Perkins has certainly made a number of sacrifices to get to where he is today and by the way he performed, his second game is not likely to be far away.
Moyes has shown no hesitation in promoting youngsters to the senior team if he feels that they’re worthy enough of the added responsibility.
The 17-year-old surely seems like he could do with cameos like this and hopefully, we see more of him from next pre-season and the 2022/23 Premier League campaign.
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