Pundit View: Noel Whelan calls for Bielsa to try Wilks

Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan has urged Marcelo Bielsa to give Mallik Wilks a chance in the first team after his incredible loan spell at Doncaster Rovers.

The winger scored 14 goals and set up a further eight during his loan spell at the Keepmoat Stadium, and form like that has caught the eye of the 44-year-old.

What’s been said then?

The former Leeds striker certainly likes the look of Wilks.

“I’m a big believer that if you send a player out on loan it’s because the manager doesn’t think he’s right for the football club but Wilks, he is an exception because he is a goalscorer,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“He has a decent scoring record in League One and can maybe force his way into the Leeds team. We only have two natural strikers, Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford, and we need more than that.

“Wilks has scored a lot of goals at Doncaster, got well into double figures, and has got really good experience out on loan in the last two seasons.

“He can play down the middle and on both flanks, and that’s what Bielsa likes. He could be a really good player for Leeds United, Bielsa can make him a star.

“I know it’s a different level, playing in League One compared to the Championship, but Wilks is young and will get better. He’s definitely got something.”

Absolutely right

Whelan may never have been more right when discussing Leeds United.

Leeds have been on the search for new wingers during this transfer window, but the solution may be right under Marcelo Bielsa’s nose.

Wilks was one of the best players in League One last year, and it just wouldn’t make sense if the Whites didn’t at least give him a chance next season.

The Yorkshire side should have no qualms about trying the 20-year-old as a left-winger going forward as he has proven that he deserves a chance in the Championship.