Some players you see fire on loan and wonder just why they were sent out when their parent club could really do with what they have to offer. With Leeds United and Mallik Wilks, that was what a lot of fans might have been thinking last season considering their struggles in front of goal.
The youngster only dropped down one division to turn out for Doncaster Rovers, and he gave it a good go in England’s third tier. At the age of just 20-years-old, the young Englishman fired in 14 goals and eight assists and now he could be set to try and do similar for the Elland Road faithful next season.
After chipping in a combined 22 goals and assists in his 46 games for Doncaster the youngster has surely proven to Marcelo Bielsa that he can be trusted, and the fact he failed to miss a single game shows the level of reliability that the versatile youngster has.
Considering how badly injuries impacted Bielsa’s first season in Yorkshire it would be a smart option for the Argentine to bring in and rely upon players who have got it about them to play twice a week, of which Wilks is certainly one of them.
Last season we all saw Jack Harrison run up and down the flank for Leeds to reasonably little effect (recording just four goals and three assists as well as being labelled as inconsistent by Noel Whelan), and it could prove to be an effective move to not only go with one of their own in Wilks instead of resigning Harrison, but to go with the man who’s produced the better numbers over the last 12 months.
It also usually goes a very long way to the Leeds supporters when they have one of their to get behind. Jamie Shackleton has felt the love this season from the fans, and with the likes of Bailey-Peacock-Farrell and Jack Clarke also starring, it would make perfect sense for Bielsa to give another young gun a go.
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