In Focus: Leeds United starlet could be one for the future at Newcastle United

Newcastle United are tracking Leeds United youngster Mallik Wilks, according to Football Insider.

What’s the story?

The 18-year-old has attracted attention over the past year after shining  in the Whites’ Under-23s last year.

Wilks worked his way up to senior level, making his first-team debut in January last season before signing a new four-year contract at Elland Road.

The teenager is currently on loan at Accrington Stanley, where he has scored two goals in 12 appearances.

According to Football Insider, Newcastle have sent scouts to watch Wilks this season, while Everton and Middlesbrough are also interested.

Could he help Newcastle this season?

If Wilks was to move to St James’ Park in January, he is unlikely to be handed a first-team role.

The forward may be featuring for Accrington’s senior side, but the club compete in League Two.

In addition, the youngster has only played as a substitute and is yet to start a league match for John Coleman’s team.

Wilks would not make an impact in the first team, but he would be a welcome addition to Newcastle’s development squads.

The Magpies have struggled to bring through academy talent, therefore signing Wilks would be a step in the right direction.