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2 pros 2 cons to Hull City swooping for Leeds United talent

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Grant McCann will be looking to add some quality to his Hull City squad this summer, as he prepares for his first season as the Tigers boss. 

McCann left his role at Doncaster Rovers to become Nigel Adkins’ replacement earlier this summer after the former manager decided not to renew his contract at the KCOM Stadium.

Eleven players, eight at the expiration of their contracts and three following the completion of their loan deals, have left the club but McCann has suggested that, despite the previous comments of owner Assem Allam that there would be no more investment into the club until it was sold, there is money to spend.

So far goalkeeper Matt Ingram has been the only summer arrival, but McCann will surely be looking to replenish his squad further over the next few weeks.

One of the players he may look to bring in is Leeds United winger Mallik Wilks. The new Tigers boss is reportedly interested in reuniting with the 20-year-old who played for him on loan last season at Doncaster and is rumoured to be leaving Elland Road this summer.

With that in mind, we look at TWO pros and TWO cons of bringing Wilks to the KCOM Stadium…

He is a fantastic talent and looked lethal last season

The 20-year-old was nothing short of sensational at Doncaster last season, scoring 16 times and grabbing 12 assists in what was a very productive campaign.

If the winger can repeat that sort of form in the Championship for Hull next season he could be one of the signings of the summer.

The Tigers lost three of their forwards this summer but if Wilks can keep finding the net for them and creating goals for his teammates that won’t be an issue.

He has experience playing under McCann 

McCann was at the helm at the Keepmoat Stadium last season when Wilks was terrorising opponents in League One. The 39-year-old will know how best to utilise him this season and will know that he fits into his system.

The two will also likely be very comfortable with each other and have already built a relationship, which can be a vital factor when a young player joins a new club.

He is unproven at Championship level.

As impressive as his performances were in the 2018/19 season, it has to be taken into account that they were in League One and the Championship will be a different ball game.

There is a significant step up and the difference in the quality of some of the opponents he will be facing is huge, consider the gap between the squads of Leeds and Fulham to Scunthorpe United and Bradford City.

Wilks has never made an appearance in the Championship and he will certainly be no guaranteed star if he arrives at the KCOM.

It would likely mean the exit of one of City’s other exciting attacking options

In Jarrod Bowen, Kamil Grosicki and Markus Henriksen the Tigers already have an extremely impressive trio of attackers at the club but that is unlikely to have gone unnoticed and other clubs may be preparing moves for those three and others.

Bowen has, according to a report from the Sun, attracted the attention of Arsenal who are weighing up making a bid for him.

Hull are reportedly eyeing up Wilks as a potential replacement for Bowen, Grosicki or Henriksen, which means his arrival could mean the departure of another one of their attacking talents.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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