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Leeds United: Fans rue Wilks departure after impressive performance for Barnsley

Leeds United: Fans rue Wilks departure after impressive performance for Barnsley

A selection of Leeds United supporters have been sharing their regret and confusion in the West Yorkshire outfit selling Mallik Wilks to Barnsley in the summer, after the 20-year-old impressed many as the Whites beat the Tykes on Sunday.

Wilks joined Barnsley on a four-year contract in July (BBC) following a loan spell with Doncaster Rovers in 2018/19, which saw the Leeds-born winger named the League One side’s Player of the Season.

The forward had scored 16 goals and created a further 12 during his 55 appearances across all competitions last term (TransferMarkt), and currently has one goal to his name in the second-tier for Barnsley.

Wilks, a product of Leeds’ academy, could have stretched his Tykes tally on Sunday, though, as he enjoyed a flurry of chances against his former side while deployed as the sole striker in manager Daniel Stendel’s plans.

Only two of his four efforts on Kiko Casilla’s net were deemed to be on target by statistics company WhoScored, however, with his 43rd-minute effort drifting just wide of the far post after rolling Ben White on the edge of United’s box.

Casilla also denied Wilks in the 62nd minute by rushing off his line to parry the 20-year-old’s shot wide, after the Barnsley ace, signed for an alleged £990,000 (TransferMarkt), did well to battle past Kalvin Phillips after getting the better of Liam Cooper.

Wilks also boasted a 50% dribble success rate against his boyhood club, played one key ball from ten attempted passes and won one of eleven attempted aerial duels.

Here are a few reactions shared by Leeds supporters of Wilks’ first performance against his boyhood side, many of whom rue his departure…

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