According to reports from Football Insider, Leeds United will be willing to let Mallik Wilks leave the club if they secure the signatures of their key targets.
Their principal targets have previously been named as Jack Harrison, Ryan Kent and Helder Costa, and if they arrive, there wouldn’t be much space for Wilks on the wing.
Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly prioritised strengthening the wide areas this summer, but that could spell the end of Wilks at United.
The 20-year-old is coming off the back of a fantastic season with Doncaster Rovers where he scored 14 goals and created eight assists.
If he can translate his League One form to the Championship he could become a key player for the Whites, but it doesn’t seem like Bielsa is willing to give him a shot.
It’s tough to say if Leeds are making the right decision to let Wilks go; he’s unproven at this level but his goal contributions last season proved that he has quality.
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Football Fancast’s writers have attempted to deliver their verdicts on if Leeds are right to let him leave.
“Wilks was terrific on loan at Doncaster in League One last season, scoring 14 goals as he proved himself to be a real asset. Ahead of the new season another loan move could be beneficial for the 20-year-old but with Jack Clarke potentially on his way to Tottenham, Wilks is someone Leeds should be keeping at the club. Despite playing at a level below Clarke, he showed far more promise and if he can find form in the Championship next term it would more than soften the blow of one of their best young talents leaving. In this instance, Leeds should forget about loaning him out. He could just be a star next term.”
“Wilks probably isn’t going to get a chance at Leeds, is he? He’s been out on loan three times already, to Accrington Stanley, Grimsby Town and Doncaster Rovers. Across those spells, he’s impressed, scoring 16 goals and registering 12 assists for the latter across 55 games. A 20-year-old left winger, really, Leeds should be looking to ship him out if Bielsa is never going to give him an opportunity. A move to Barnsley might solve the problem, as he would have the chance to prove his worth in the Championship. Perhaps then, he can earn his opportunity at Elland Road.”
“Wilks was sensational out on loan last year, but he will turn 21 in the middle of next season and should really now be looking to make his mark on the first-team. With 16 goals and 12 assists last season he might even be an upgrade on Clarke let alone a replacement, as the Englishman mustered just two goals and two assists last term. Wilks’ ability to play on both wings will also give the manager extra depth, which is crucial in the long Championship campaign.”