Leeds United youth forward Mallik Wilks has today signed his professional deal with the club, a deal that will keep him at the club until the end of next season. The deal represents the progress made by the player in recent months, which earned him a place of the bench against Reading a couple of weeks ago.
Wilks has impressed in the youth side and is very highly rated by the coaching staff at the club. Although he didn’t make an appearance against Reading his call-up to the senior squad will do him the world of good. Known for his speed and strength Wilks has found the net on a few occasions this season, including a brace in the FA Youth Cup.
I’d like to see Wilks head out on loan for a few months and get some crucial first-team experience in League One or Two. Some of the players coming through will never get a chance in the first-team but I do believe that Wilks will at some stage in the next few years. It’s been a long time coming that we produce a home-grown striker at the club.