Leeds teenager Malik Wilks has exploded onto the League 2 scene tonight, coming off the bench to score a 95th minute equaliser at Notts County. He then almost won the game in the 97th minute, but the equaliser will have to do, his first goal in professional football.
Wilks joined the League 2 club only yesterday after signing a new deal with Leeds. Wilks was an unused substitute for Leeds on Tuesday night against Newport County after forcing his way into the squad, Chris Wood gone and Caleb Ekuban injured. He made his debut for the club last season at Sutton United in the FA Cup, a game that I don’t really want to mention, but to be fair to Wilks he looked like the only player interested on the day. He also made the bench a couple of times in the league, most notably against Reading at home but he didn’t get the chance to come on.
Accrington are a well-run club and Wilks will get the chance to learn about the football league rather than sit in the development side again, something we know he is more than capable of excelling at. Hopefully the teenager will get some goals and come back stronger and fitter for pre-season and be amongst the first-team. He is highly rated by the club and we will be keeping a close eye on his development over the season, this now a crucial stage in his Leeds career if he is to progress with the club.