Leeds fans love nothing more than a striker who scores goals, apart from perhaps a local lad getting into the first-team. It’s been a long time since we combined the two, but the highly rated Mallik Wilks has been turning heads during a very successful loan spell at Accrington Stanley. Who? Exactly.
Wilks is very highly rated by the club but the chance for him to shine has been limited, the first-team has never really been an option, but a loan spell with Accrington proved a few crucial things for everyone involved. The main one is that the step up to first-team football, the physical and mental aspect are both huge and he answered all the questions asked of him in those departments. Scoring goals is the next one and it didn’t take long for Wilks to make his mark. He came off the bench to score with virtually the last kick of the game on his debut away at Notts County, and that was the theme for his spell at the club. Wilks bagged 5 times in 23 games, but minutes played it was 5 goals in 10 full 90 minutes, a very impressive return given the circumstances.
The rumour is that Wilks might even be returning with the view to challenging the first-team positions, could this happen? Unfortunately for Wilks he is cup-tied for the game at Newport County on Saturday after appearing against Guisley in the previous round. Perhaps he does have a case to get into the first-team plans if you look at our current options. He would certainly add something different to the squad, raw pace and direct running. I think the more realistic situation would see Wilks return to a lower league club and keep working on his game by playing regular football. No doubt his first loan spell and chance at first-team football was a success and we may get that homegrown goalscorer after all.