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Doncaster: McCann must go all-out to re-sign Mallik Wilks this summer

Doncaster: McCann must go all-out to re-sign Mallik Wilks this summer

It has been quite a season to be a Doncaster Rovers supporter, hasn’t it?

Following the club’s decision to appoint Grant McCann as their new manager last summer, not many would have predicted just how successful the former Peterborough United boss would be at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Yet by choosing to adopt an attacking style of play, the 36-year-old exceeded all expectations as he led his side to a sixth place finish in League One which set up a play-off semi-final clash with Charlton Athletic.

Having finished 15 points below the Addicks, Donny entered the two-legged tie as clear underdogs and must have thought their hopes of progressing were all but over after they lost 2-1 at home on May 12th.

However, with the pressure being firmly on Charlton to finish off the job at The Valley last Friday, Rovers ensured that the game would go to penalties by winning 3-2 on the night.

Although the hosts would prevail in the penalty shoot-out and thus eliminate McCann’s side from the play-offs, their supporters will be confident that Donny can go one step better next year.

Yet in order to launch a sustained push for automatic promotion from League One in the 2019/20 campaign, it is clear that they must do everything they can to re-sign Mallik Wilks from Leeds United in the summer.

Undoubtedly one of their best players last season whilst on loan from the Whites, it could be argued that without the 20-year-old’s 22 goal contributions, Rovers would not have been able to qualify for the play-offs in the third tier.

Despite demonstrating that he is more than ready for a step up in level this year, Wilks may benefit from a move to Donny as he may struggle get regular first team football under Marcelo Bielsa with the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Clarke all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Although the winger may be out of Rovers’ price range for them to consider signing him on a permanent deal, there is no reason why they cannot try to convince him to join on loan when the transfer window opens in July.

What do you think Donny fans? Should McCann consider bringing Wilks back to the Keepmoat for next season? Can your side launch a promotion push without the winger? Get in touch below.

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