Manchester City starlet Rico Lewis was amongst those to send a message to Sonny Perkins on Instagram after the Leeds United starlet scored his first professional goal on Sunday.

Perkins was thrown on against Cardiff as Leeds desperately chased an equaliser in their FA Cup third round tie against the Championship side.

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By the time Perkins came on, Leeds were 2-1 down. Rodrigo had just had a penalty to equalise saved. And they were four minutes plus stoppage-time away from going out of the competition in the third round again.

Rico Lewis lauds Sonny Perkins on Instagram after Leeds goal

Thankfully, the 18-year-old was able to take his chance. Some brilliant work from Willy Gnonto down the left flank led to Junior Firpo – who was quietly outstanding going forward in the second-half, it must be said – getting a shot away.

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The goalkeeper may have been left with a simple save. But before it could get to Jak Alnwick, Perkins produced an instinctive flick to find the back of the net to send the away end into a frenzy.

It was a significant moment for the teenager. He has been in exceptional form for the under-21s this season. But he was making only his second first-team appearance following his move from West Ham in the summer.

He now has his first goal. And unsurprisingly, he took to Instagram following the game to express his delight at getting off the mark.

A host of teammates sent messages in reply. And one of those was Lewis, who is making a big impression for the Premier League champions right now…

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It will be interesting to see how Jesse Marsch uses Perkins in the coming months. He may well be in line to make a further appearance in the replay.

And if Leeds get through, a tie against either Boreham Wood or Accrington Stanley could represent a perfect opportunity to hand him a start.

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