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“A bit of a let-down” – Hull City fan pundit identifies 23-year-old as club’s biggest flop this season



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Terrace Talk’ series, which provides personal opinions from our FLW Fan Pundits regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Hull City have experienced a mixed campaign in the Championship this season following their promotion from League One last year.

While the Tigers have managed to consolidate their place in the second-tier, a lack of consistency has hindered their progress in recent months.

Currently 18th in the league standings, Hull will be looking to end the term on a positive note by delivering the goods in their upcoming clashes with Bristol City and Nottingham Forest.

Whereas the likes of Keane Lewis-Potter and Jacob Greaves have been able to produce some impressive performance at this level, Mallik Wilks’ displays have been relatively underwhelming.

In the 20 appearances that he has made in the Championship during the current term, the 23-year-old has only managed to find the back of the net on three occasions.

Having fallen out of favour at the MKM Stadium since Shota Arveladze’s arrival, Wilks will become a free-agent this summer if Hull opt against exercising the option to extend his stay for another 12 months.

Ahead of the upcoming transfer window,  Peterborough United have expressed an interest in signing Wilks whilst he has also been linked with a move to Middlesbrough.

Making reference to the former Leeds United man, FLW’s Hull City fan pundit Ant Northgraves has admitted that he believes that Wilks has been the club’s biggest flop this season.

Speaking to FLW, Northgraves said: “Flop of the season, there could be a few contenders actually because loan signings of Matt Smith and Marcus Forss have been far more productive than we’d hoped to be.

“Tom Huddlestone, you know, massive expectation when he re-signed, an absolutely class passer of the ball but we’ve not seen enough of him this season to sort of justify his return.

“But I’m going to give it to Mallik Wilks on the basis of he was our top-scorer in League One last season and one of our main players, a key piece of the jigsaw to really get this team going.

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“This season, at the beginning of the year, he just looked a bit stockier than usual, slower, played a different style, played with his back to goal.

“You know, he’s only got the three goals to his name, he’s been injured for the last couple of months but when he was playing at the beginning of the season, he looked lazy, he looked lethargic and disinterested.

“For someone who scored 20 odd goals last season, to be only on three this season is a bit of a let-down and if he’d have picked up the slack this season along with Keane Lewis-Potter then we’d probably wouldn’t have even been in a relegation fight.”

Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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