Marcelo Bielsa has made strengthening the wings his priority in this upcoming transfer window.
Ryan Kent, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison have all been heavily linked, but is the answer to the Argentine’s problem right under his nose?
Mallik Wilks is returning from an incredibly successful loan spell at Doncaster Rovers and he looks ready to make the step up to play Championship football.
He scored 14 goals and created eight assists during his stint in League One, and now it looks like it could be time for him to get some game time at his parent club.
Fans have been excited by his performances at points this season, and Noel Whelan has urged Bielsa to give him a shot.
Trying Wilks would certainly save the club a lot of money, but is it too much of a risk heading into a season where anything other than promotion would be deemed failure?
Football FanCast’s writers have had their say as to whether or not he should be a part of Leeds’ plans next season.
“Wilks may have enjoyed a terrific season in League One but making the step up to a team who have desires of competing in the Premier League would be an almighty task. Leeds are a side who need to stop mucking around and sort themselves out this summer. There were still a few gaps in the side that failed to achieve promotion and Wilks would not plug one of them. They’d be far better off getting in Helder Costa, a player with proven pedigree in the Championship.”
“Leeds United obviously feel that strengthening in wide areas is the key to winning promotion next season, and who is to argue with Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta? If the Argentine doesn’t feel Wilks is good enough for a starting spot, then he shouldn’t be handed one just because of how well he performed in the 2018/19 season. Both Bielsa & Orta know what they’re doing, and the Whites are right to ignore Wilks if they can bring in more quality to Elland Road.”
“Giving young Mallik Wilks a chance next season rather than splashing the cash on multiple new wingers is certainly a cheaper option for Leeds United this summer. The 20-year-old managed 22 goal contributions in League One for Doncaster Rovers last season and definitely deserves more of a chance with the senior side next term. But there’s no guarantee that he would be able to cut it in the second tier so Marcelo Bielsa would be putting all his eggs in one basket with this move. I think they should do both, give the starlet a chance in 2019/2020 and recruit more wingers.”